Speaker Alert: CMU student to discuss dark matter at the next Assembly

In honor of 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the theme of this Sunday’s Assembly will be ‘Space’. The main speaker will be Alex Jackson, a physics student at Carnegie Mellon University. Check out their bio and a summary of the talk below:


Alex Jackson is a board of directors member and the current Activism Chair of the Pittsburgh Freethought Community as well as Physics student at Carnegie Mellon University. As a theoretical cosmology research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, she is currently investigating the way different theories and models of dark matter influence stellar evolution.

Dark Matter, an overview:

When astronomers look into the night sky they notice that things are not adding up, quite literally. Our universe has an abundance of “stuff” that we can’t see and can only indirectly measure, causing everything to be much more massive than we would otherwise expect it to be. This dark matter, as it came to be called, was a shock to scientists and ever since its discovery countless experiments have been conducted to observe, classify, and understand, what exactly dark matter is. In this talk I’ll address reasons we have to believe in the existence of dark matter, where the study of dark matter is today, and the most promising directions current research is going in.


When: Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Community Forge
1256 Franklin Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221

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