Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to present a lecture by Dr. Xavier Siemens, North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves Physics Frontier Center Co-Director and Professor of Physics at Oregon State University who will discuss Observational Evidence for a Gravitational Wave Background, on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 6:30 pm. This is a free event; all ages are welcome.

Coos County residents can join us in-person in the Umpqua Hall lecture room 184 on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Curry County residents can join us for a watch party in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.

Join us as Oregon State University Physics Professor Dr. Xavier Siemens talks about the latest discoveries around Gravitational Waves. He will discuss the evidence from the NANOGrav 15-year dataset, a North American research project using telescopes to study low-frequency pulsar signals. Scientists hope to use that research to further observations of the largest black holes in the universe.

Dr. Xavier Siemens is a Professor of Physics at Oregon State University bringing his gravitational wave research to Oregon from his previous experience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received a National Science Foundation Career award in 2010 to continue his team’s work in gravitational wave astronomy. He has been a contributing author to more than 250 papers and has recently focus on multi-messenger astronomy to address many of the overarching big problems in the field.

For those unable to attend in-person, the talk will be streamed live through Southwestern’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLyo3uIvZEJLAv9maSe_aO8naW3ypdjEO.

For more information about the lecture series contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, aaron.coyner@socc.edu.



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