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Rutgers University professor to give lecture on the study of dark matter at USF

TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of South Florida Department of Mathematics and Statistics will host a lecture as a part of the ongoing R. Kent Nagle Lecture Series.

Professor Charles Keeton, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University will present the lecture titled, “ A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark (Matter).” The lecture will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in CHE 100.

Like other astronomers of his generation, Keeton attributes his interest in space to the success of the Voyager missions and the Space Shuttle program in the 1970s and 1980s. After earning a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Keeton did research at the University of Arizona and the University of Chicago before joining the faculty of Rutgers University in 2004. Keeton has observed with the Hubble Space Telescope as well as observatories in Arizona, Hawaii and Chile. His research has been featured by National Public Radio, and New Scientist magazine. In 2010, Keeton received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama.

Topics covered in the lecture will include the idea of “gravitational lensing” which is used to study invisible dark matter and could potentially detect galaxies scientists could not otherwise see. The search for invisible galaxies with gravitational lensing will provide important clues about the nature of the exotic substance that pervades the universe.

The Nagle Lecture Series (NLS) was established in honor of the late R. Kent Nagle. Nagle was a mathematician deeply interested in mathematics, mathematics education and the impact of mathematics on society.


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Author: Justine Figueroa