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College of Arts & Sciences
Physics and Astronomy


Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy

Fall 2016 (Dr. Mario Livio) ; Spring 2017 (Dr. Adam Riess)

Survey Links:

Public Lecture Follow-Up Survey - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Special Colloquium Follow-Up Survey - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all who made the second installment of our "Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy" a huge success.  We hope to bring additional lectures and special events to the Columbia campus in the near future.  Further details will be posted on both our events calendar and departmental website.


This lecture series began in Fall 2016, and is sponsored by the USC Provost and the Vice President for Research.  Each speaker in this series will give an open colloquium, presented at a level approachable by any interested undergraduate students.  

In addition, each distinguished guest will give a public lecture on the USC campus.  These public lectures are designed to engage the broader community of Columbia and South Carolina, and will touch on exciting topics at the forefront of physics and astronomy.  These talks are meant to be accessible to a broad public audience, including not only the USC students, faculty and staff, but also high school students, alumni, friends and neighbors of the University.

All events are free of charge and everyone is invited!


Suggested Resources:

University of South Carolina - College of Arts and Sciences

University of South Carolina - Office of the Provost

University of South Carolina - Office of the Vice President for Research 

University of South Carolina - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Adam Riess' Website

Mario Livio's Website

PDF icon Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe - Public Lecture with Dr. Adam Riess PDF icon Expansion of the Universe Seen by Hubble - Colloquium with Dr. Adam Riess PDF icon Our Place in the Cosmos - Colloquium with Dr. Mario Livio PDF icon Brilliant Blunders - Public Lecture with Dr. Mario Livio