Astrophysicist to speak at BHSU Wednesday

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, July 14, 2015/Categories: 2015

Black Hills State University will host a guest lecture from astrophysicist Dr. Rebecca Surman, associate professor at the University of Notre Dame this week.

Surman will discuss "Astrophysical Alchemy: Creating the Heaviest Elements in the Galaxy&rsquos Biggest Explosions" on Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. in Jonas Academic, room 305, on the BHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Following Surman&rsquos talk, more than 15 scientists from around the world will hold a question and answer session.

"This will be a unique opportunity for BHSU students, faculty, staff, and the general public to hear from an accomplished nuclear physicist," said Dr. Priscilla Romkema, Dean of the College of Business and Natural Science at BHSU. "Dr. Surman and her colleagues, from around the world, are participating in the Neutrino Physics summer program run by the Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas. It will be an honor to have these experts on our campus for this special presentation."

The CETUP program brings together scientists from around the world to promote deep underground science and provide a stimulating environment for creative thinking and open communication.

Through collaboration with the Sanford Lab in Lead, BHSU has strong science presence through the Underground Campus, located at 4,800 feet below ground. The lab offers BHSU students unique opportunities to participate in high quality research projects across a variety of disciplines, including physics, genomics, art, education, music, and mass communication.

Surman has a master&rsquos of science in physics from Michigan State University and a doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills. Her research includes the astrophysical formation of the elements and the roles of neutrino and nuclear physics in extreme stellar environments.


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