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Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt's Public Lecture: New Location, New Ticket Price.

The Brian Schmidt "State of the Universe 2017" public lecture will now be held in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater. The ticket price has been reduced to $5 thanks to a special donor.

Tickets for this event can be purchased HERE.

We are honored to be able to offer a special event to the Tucson Community. Dr Brian Schmidt, the 2011 Physics Nobel Laureate, who received a BS in Astronomy and Physics from UA in 1989, will be speaking to benefit the Marc Aaronson Prize Fund. The talk, "State of the Universe," is Monday, April 3, at 7pm, now in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater.

The independent discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe by two teams, one co-led by Dr. Brian Schmidt, turned physics on its head. The implications of this discovery are still reverberating through physics as researchers explore whether the discovery means that a mysterious dark energy permeates the Universe or whether Einstein's General Theory of Relativity needs some substantial tweaking. For their discovery, Dr. Brian Schmidt, his co-leader on the same team, Dr. Adam Riess, and the leader of an independent team, Dr. Saul Perlmutter, were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Come hear Brian describe the exciting developments in cosmology since that discovery, when he presents his "State of the Universe" talk. 

Marc Aaronson was an Astronomer and Associate Professor at UA who died tragically in 1987 at the age of 36. We have, for the past 30 years, honored his passion for science by inviting a scientist to Tucson who has worked to improve and deepen our understanding of the Universe. Thirteen previous Aaronson Prize Winners are returning to Tucson (including Dr Schmidt) to celebrate the 30th year of the Aaronson Prize Lectureship. They will be giving talks at a graduate-level science symposium on April 3 and 4.