Malmstrom Lecture Series

Malmstrom Lecture Series Explores Cosmic Ray Proton Particles

The Malmstrom Lecture Series returns to Hamline University Thursday, Nov. 3 with an eye to the stars. 

“Cosmic Messengers from Cosmic Accelerators,” an exploration of theories and mysteries of cosmic ray proton particles, will be led by Dr. Ellen Gould Zweibel in Sundin Music Hall on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Zweibel visits Hamline from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the WIlliam L. Kraushaar Professor of Astronomy and Physics. Her lecture will discuss how cosmic ray particles are energized, how they spread through space and how they alter their environments.

“Dr. Ellen Gould Zweibel’s seminal research on cosmic ray particles shed light for us to understand the sun, stars, galaxies and galactic clusters,” said Dr. Lifeng Dong, chair of Hamline’s Physics Department.

“Like the past two Malmstrom lecture events in 2020 and 2021, we invite Professor Zweibel as a role model to share her professional development and passions with our students and the community to promote women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Dong added.

Zweibel's contributions to the field have been recognized many times. In 2016, the American Physical Society awarded her the James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics for her "seminal research on the energetics, stability, and dynamics of astrophysical plasmas, including those related to stars and galaxies, and for leadership in linking plasma and other astrophysical phenomena.”

About the Kay Malmstrom Lecture

The Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics, part of the Emma K. and Carl R. N. Malstrom Chair in Physics, is an annual symposium on contemporary issues and research in physics. Through this generous gift, Carl R. N. Malmstrom ’36 gives Hamline students access to the outstanding scientific minds of our time. Even after his death in 2010, Carl’s legacy of supporting Hamline students continues to fund collaborative research opportunities, scholarships, and this lecture.