West Long Branch, NJ – Monmouth University’s School of Science presents the 4th Annual Dean’s Seminar with guest speaker Dr. Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard College Professor of Astronomy and Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University.  This event is scheduled for Friday, February 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall Room in Wilson Hall.

mu_robert_kirshner_2011Dr. Kirshner graduated from Harvard College in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Caltech.  He was a postdoc at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and was on the faculty at the University of Michigan for nine years.  In 1986, he moved to the Harvard Astronomy Department. He served as chairman of the Department from 1990-1997 and as the head of the Optical and Infrared Division of the CfA from 1997-2003. 

Professor Kirshner is an author of over 200 research papers dealing with supernovae and observational cosmology.  His work with the High-Z Supernova Team on the acceleration of the Universe was dubbed the “Science Breakthrough of the Year for 1998” by Science Magazine.  Kirshner and the High-Z Team shared in the Gruber Prize for Cosmology in 2007.  In 2011, two of his former graduate students, Brian Schmidt and Adam Reiss, shared in the Nobel Prize in Physics for this work. 

Kirshner is a frequent public lecturer on science. His popular-level book “The Extravagant Universe: exploding stars, dark energy, and the accelerating cosmos” won the AAP Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Physics and Astronomy and was a Finalist for the 2003 Aventis Prize. 

This event is free but seating is limited.  If you plan to attend, please register for the seminar at  


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Seminar details will be updated on the website and, as available, further information about the event will be circulated to registrants via e-mail. For additional information about the Monmouth University School of Science Dean’s Seminar, please contact Ms. Koorleen Minton at 732-571-3421 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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