Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
102 Natural Science Bldg.
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292
(502) 852-6790



Department of Physics & Astronomy Talks

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Louisville hosts research colloquia every Friday at 3pm in the Natural Sciences Building (room 128) during the academic year, as well as the public Bullitt and Chamblin lecture series, and occasional special seminars and public talks. The title of a talk links to a copy of the abstract (if available).


Abstracts of the talks from the current and previous semesters can also be viewed.

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Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy

Scan of a diagram from Galileo's Dialogo
Diagram from the Bullitt collection's copy of Galileo's "Dialogo..."

The Physics & Astronomy Department's Bullitt Lecture is a free lecture aimed at the general public, and since 2001 has presented a distinguished astrophysicist to a Louisville audience in the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The Lecture is endowed through a grant from the family of William Marshall Bullitt, the Solicitor General of the United States under President William Howard Taft. The University of Louisville library also houses the William Marshall Bullitt collection of rare Mathematics and Astronomy books which includes works by Copernicus, Descartes, Einstein, Galileo, Gauss, Kepler and Newton.

The public and members of the University community are warmly invited!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon, we feature a lunar theme for the 2009 Bullett Lecture in Astronomy. To do this we will have a (so far) unique double speaker format, to highlight lunar exploration past and future - and beyond. The featured speakers will be:
Ferenc Pavlics (Apollo Lunar Rover Team) - "Lunar Roving Vehicle - Spacecraft on Wheels"
Philip Abel (NASA Glenn Research Center) - "Current and Future Exploration of the Lunar Surface"

More information is available including an archive of past Bullitt Lectures in Astronomy, including video recordings of the lectures since 2006.

There are also Bullitt lectures in Mathematics and the Fine Arts at the University of Louisville.

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Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture

The Physics & Astronomy Department's Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture celebrates the life of Dr. H. Andrew Chamblin, who was Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Louisville until his untimely passing in 2006.

This is now an annual event, held on the last Thursday of the semester as a public talk in the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The first lecture was Thursday, April 16, 2009, with a lecture by Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate and the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT. The second lecture will be given April 15, 2010 by Paul Wesson, author of numerous books on cosmology including the forthcoming "weaving the Universe".

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