18th Annual Bullitt Lecture: Thu Oct 4, 2018
image of dark energy, matter composition

Rocky Kolb

Speaker:  Dr. Rocky Kolb (U. Chicago and Fermilab)
When: 6:30pm (exact time to be confirmed), Thu. Oct. 4, 2018
Where: Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium)
Parking: Some nearby parking may be available - details to be announced.  Other parking (charges
apply) is available in the Speed Art Museum parking deck or in the
parking lot at Fourth St. & Cardinal Blvd, beside PNC Bank.

  Preliminary Abstract:
     The Universe is mostly dark matter and dark energy, the nature of neither of which is known.  We can measure their effects, however,
and will explore what we do know and what they might be.

From the office of the president, U. Chicago:

Edward (Rocky) Kolb is the Dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College and a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. He currently serves on the boards of the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Adler Planetarium.

The field of Kolbís research is the application of elementary-particle physics to the very early Universe, including cosmic inflation models, gravitational production of particles, particle dark matter, ultra-high energy cosmic rays, and high-energy neutrino astronomy. In addition to over 200 scientific papers, he is a co-author of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology, and his book for the general public, Blind Watchers of the Sky, received the 1996 Emme Award of the American Aeronautical Society.

Kolb is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was the recipient of the 2003 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for notable contributions to the teaching of physics, the 1993 Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Chicago, and the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Universityís Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

A native of New Orleans, Kolb earned his bachelorís degree from the University of New Orleans in 1973 and his doctorate in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1978. He holds an honorary degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Lyon, France.

      We will record the lecture for our talk archive

The Physics & Astronomy Departmentís Bullitt Lecture is a free event aimed at the general
Since 2001, the Physics & Astronomy Departmentís Bullitt Lecture has presented a
distinguished astrophysicist to a Louisville audience in the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch
Planetarium.  Gale Christianson, Hubble's biographer at Indiana State,
planetary expert Hal Weaver, stellar astrophysicists  James Kaler of U. Illinois,
C. R. O'Dell of Vanderbilt and Caty Pilachowski of Indiana U,  cosmologists Fang Li Zhi of Arizona,
J. Richard Gott of
Princeton, Alan  Dressler of the Carnegie Observatories and lunar experts
Ferenc Pavlics of GM and the Apollo project and Phillip Abel of NASA have been Bullitt Lecturers.

College and high school students, teachers, and many others from the community interested in
the impact and excitement that astrophysics has generated have attended Bullitt Lectures in
large numbers. The public and members of the University community are warmly invited!

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.  Here is
a brief biography and description of his connection to the University of Louisville.

Several of the 2006-2008 popular and Bullitt lectures are available in streaming (.asx) format in the
UL astronomy talk archive.

Many of the later Bullitt Lectures (from 2009 onward) are linked at the Louisville Astro talk
archive here.
Posters for all of the current and previous Bullitt Lectures are available:
2001 Gale Christianson, "Edwin Hubble: An Astronomer's Life"
2002 Fred Espenak, "Solar Eclipses and Mysteries of the Sun"
2003 James Kaler, "The Life and Death of Stars"
2004 Fang Li Zhi, "Dark Energy in the Universe"
2005 J. Richard Gott, "A Map of the Universe"
2006 Alan Dressler, "Galaxies, Stars, Planets and Life: the Birth of the Modern Universe"
Dr.  Dressler was interviewed on Louisville's WFPL (NPR) radio on April 20, 2006 on State of Affairs, which has an archive edition of the radio interview. 
2007 C.R. O'Dell, "Creating the Hubble Space Telescope"
2008 Caty Pilachowski, "The Star Cities of the Milky Way"  flier
Dr. Pilachowski was interviewed on Louisville's WFPL (NPR) radio on October 29, 2008 on State of Affairs, which has an archive edition of the radio interview. 
2009 Ferenc Pavlics and Phillip Abel, "40 Years: Lunar Exploration"  flier
Mr. Pavlics and Dr. Abel were interviewed on Louisville's WFPL (NPR) radio on October 8, 2009 on State of Affairs, which has an archive edition of the radio interview. 
2010 Don York, "The History of the Telescope and Its Relation to Culture"
The Louisville Courier-Journal wrote a piece about the lecture in its Oct. 6, 2010 edition. poster
2011 Linda Spilker, "Cassini-Huygens explores the Saturn System: Recent Discoveries and Science Highlights" poster
2012 Kris Stanek
, "Measuring the Size and Age of the Universe" poster
     Interview on WFPL-NPR "Here and Now", 11 Oct 2012
2013 Virginia Trimble, "Blurring the Boundaries Among Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy:
   The Moseley and Bohr Centeneries" poster
2014 Rogier Windhorst, "The James Webb Space Telescope", poster article on WFPL-NPR, 16 Oct 2014
2015 Hal Weaver, "Exploring the Solar System's Third Zone" (results from the Pluto New Horizons and Comet 67P Rosetta missions) poster
  YouTube video (preliminary, undergoing edits)
2016 Fred Espenak, "The Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017"
2017 Candice Hansen, "JunoCam:  Pictures of Jupiter from a new Perspective"

Links to other Bullitt Lectures and Bullitt book collections:
Bullitt Lecture in Mathematics
Bullitt Lecture in Fine Arts
William Marshall Bullitt Collection of Rare Mathematics and Astronomy Books
More on the Bullitt Collection of Books at UofL