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Volume 19, Issue 23 (April 15, 2013)

PHYS 123 speaker Kevin Covey

April 12, 2013
By Trenne Fields

Physics 123
(Approx. First Half of Term)    Fridays 3:30-4:30 (6a)
What Physicists Do
Spring 2013
Olin 141    1 Credit; S/CR/NC

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to present “Physics 123: What Physicists Do”.  This is our annual series of five lectures by guest speakers, many of whom are Carleton alums.  The series is intended to introduce students to a broad range of real-world physics and to give some perspective on the kinds of work done by people with a physics background.  Speakers will be available for informal discussions over refreshments afterward.    Questions: Jay Tasson, Olin 337, x4418, jtasson@carleton.edu.

The speaker for May 19th will be Kevin Covey.

"Star Formation:  Low-Mass Stars and Cluster Disruption"

Kevin is a research astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He studies the formation and evolution of low-mass stars, most of which (including our sun) were born in very short-lived star clusters.  Kevin will describe observational surveys that are providing new clues into the mechanisms that disrupt these young clusters, and their potential impact on still-forming planetary systems.  Kevin will conclude by describing the nature of his current day (and night) job, and the paths he and his colleagues have followed in pursuing careers in astrophysical research.  

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