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NEXT OCA MEETING (FREE and open to the public)
Friday April 11th 2003 7:30pm

Featured Speaker

Simon P. Balm, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Astronomy Santa Monica College.

Astronomy at the Bottom of the world.

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and most desolate continent on the surface of the Earth. However, these extreme conditions also make the high Antarctic plateau one of the best observing sites for certain types of Astronomy. In this presentation, the speaker will describe his experiences during three trips to the icy continent, including a whole year spent wintering-over with a radio telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station.

Photos curtesy of the Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory

Simon P. Balm, Ph.D.

A native of London, England, Simon Balm received his Batchelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Durham in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Sussex in 1992, working with Nobel Prize winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto. After graduate school he spent two years as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA astronomy Department followed by four years as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA where he helped to design, build and install a radio telescope at the geographical South Pole. He wintered-over with the telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station during the 1996 austral winter. After spending several years teaching as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA he joined Santa Monica College as a full time faculty member in 2000 where he is an Associate Professor of Astronomy.


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