Join us on Tuesday, February 6 for an exciting night of talks about the beginning and end of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the fate of the cosmos! This is our fifth event of Astronomy on Tap Triangle, our North Carolina chapter of short, engaging talks about astronomy over beer! Our events are free and open to all ages, held at the taproom of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC.
On Feb. 6 we’ll hear from two professional astronomers in the Triangle. Dr. Adrienne Erickcek*, Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, will talk about the big bang and our expanding Universe. We will also hear from Dr. Katie Mack**, Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, about the future of the cosmos and how the Earth, Galaxy, and Universe will likely come to an end!
*Dr. Adrienne Erickcek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on how we can use cosmological observations to learn about inflation, dark matter and dark energy. Dr. Erickcek received an B.A. in Physics from Princeton University, a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.
**Dr. Katie Mack is an an Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Dr. Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. Dr. Mack received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has done postdoctoral fellowships at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge and Melbourne University, where she held a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.
Our FREE Astronomy on Tap events features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably stick around for the beer.