UW-S lecture series opener focuses on star formation

The University of Wisconsin- Sheboygan invites community residents, faculty, staff and students to the first lecture in the Spring 2015 UW-Sheboygan Speakers’ Series Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-S campus.

UW-Sheboygan Assistant Professor of Physics/Astronomy Dr. William Dirienzo will share a presentation on “Star Formation in the Milky Way: Snakes. Bubbles and Stellar Nurseries.”

Dirienzo will discuss the vastness of space, the process by which stars form, how we study star formation using infrared and radio telescopes, the difficulties of studying astronomy and how we address those challenges.

“I often have students who seem to think that the Big Bang just spewed out starts and galaxies fully formed,” Dirienzo said. “The reality is much more complex and a puzzle to solve. Studying the conditions of star formation can actually inform our understanding of the origin of life on Earth.”

Dr. Dirienzo, who joined UWSheboygan in 2014, holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Astronomy Physics and Mathematics from UW-Madison, a Master of Science in Astronomy and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia.

All presentations are discussed in an open forum format and are held in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the community, faculty, staff and students.

For more information on the Speakers’ Series or UW-Sheboygan, contact Carrie Hoppe, UWSheboygan Director of Marketing and Communications, at (920) 459-6612 or e-mail carrie.hoppe@uwc.edu.

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