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August 27, 2004


Researcher Presents View From the South Pole

Did the universe have a beginning, and if so, when? What will the universe look like in the future?

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences is offering a free lecture and discussion," Looking Up from the Bottom of the World: Viewing the Universe from the South Pole," on Sept. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hudson Hospital Conference Center on Stageline Road, south of Interstate 94 and east of Carmichael Road.

The presentation will be repeated Oct. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the River Falls Library on the corner of Division and Union streets.

Jim Madsen, Ph.D., and a UW-RF professor of physics, will summarize the present state of what scientists know about the universe and the contributions. For the past five years Dr. Madsen has been active in the education and outreach efforts for the Antarctic Muon And Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA) and IceCube projects.

Making contributions in the scientific field of cosmology, UW-RF is the only undergraduate institution affiliated with the international IceCube project. Through this research project, students and faculty are discovering new techniques in searching for evidence of dark matter and studying neutrinos, some of the most energetic phenomena in the universe.

No reservations are required to attend. For more information, contact the UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.

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