April 30, 2010

19th annual Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics features astronomy research at South Pole

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 It will be starry afternoon as Dr. Jordan Goodman, professor of physics at the University of Maryland, discusses his research, “Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole,” during the 19th annual Malmstrom Lecture in Physics. This event is free and open to the public. It takes place Friday, May 7 at 12:45 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall, located at 1531 Hewitt Ave. in Saint Paul.

Goodman is a pioneer in the area of particle astrophysics, the study of cosmic radiation to better understand the properties of elementary particles and the processes in space that produce them. The field blends elements of high energy physics and astrophysics. In 1998, Goodman worked on the discovery that the neutrino (a fundamental subatomic particle) has mass. That is widely considered one of the most important scientific discoveries of the last decade and the first sign of physics beyond the standard model.

Currently, Goodman is a spokesman and principle investigator for the next generation gamma ray observatory to be located at high altitude in Mexico. He is also part of the team working on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic kilometer detector under construction in the South Pole.

The Kay Malmstrom Lectures in Physics are annual symposia at Hamline on contemporary issues and research in physics. The Emma K. and Carl R.N. Malmstrom Chair in Physics also includes funds for the Kay Malmstrom Research Scholarship for joint faculty-student research projects and the Kay and Carl Malmstrom Laboratory in Physics.