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April 23, 2004

Public Lecture On Clues To Understanding Universe Is May 4

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy Distinguished Public Lecture Series will sponsor a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 talk by Mary Hall Reno, UI professor of physics and astronomy, on "Neutrinos: Messengers from the Biggest Explosions in the Universe." The talk will be delivered in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Linn St. and Iowa Ave.

Reno's talk will focus on how neutrinos -- hundreds of trillions of which each second flow from the sun to the Earth and pass through our bodies -- can help us better understand stars and other features of the universe. As a theoretical particles physicist specializing in neutrinos, she will discuss how neutrinos are "seen" experimentally, how to build a neutrino telescope and what neutrino researchers are discovering.

Reno received her doctorate in physics from Stanford University in 1985 and joined the UI faculty in 1990. She was a postdoctoral research associate from 1985-1988 at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill. She has served as principal investigator on a variety of National Science Foundation-funded projects and currently is a co-investigator on a U.S. Department of Energy-funded investigation in neutrino physics. She was a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar from 1999-2001 and received a 2003 Faculty Scholar Award.

The Distinguished Public Lecture Series is aimed at providing an introduction to the frontiers of physics and astronomy for non-specialists, including the general public and features prominent speakers from the University of Iowa and other institutions. Series lectures are held on Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Linn St. and Iowa Ave.

The series is presented by the department of physics and astronomy, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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