It takes special software to map the universe from noisy data. Berkeley Lab scientists developed a code called MADmap to do just that for the cosmic microwave background, then posted it on the web for other interested sky mappers. Scientists probing the sky with the PACS instrument aboard the Herschel satellite have adapted MADmap to make spectacular images of the infrared universe. Julian Borrill, Radek Stompor, and Andrew Jaffe devised the Microwave Anisotropy Dataset Computational Analysis Package, or MADCAP. Read more from Paul Preuss here.
January 3, 2010 BCCP Director George Smoot discussed his achievements, activites, and the goals of BCCP, including the Global Teacher Academy. The Academy seeks to train 40 teachers a year using science and math content with cosmology as a "story line" and offering practical, hands-on instruction. Those teachers would then train the teachers at their own schools, expanding the reach of the program. Read more here.
November 29, 2009 George Smoot delivered a major address on observational cosmology to scientists, pontifical dignitaries, and Pope Benedict XVI at the 2009 conference at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. The event also celebrated the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations with the telescope. While the pope indicated “there is no conflict on the horizon between scientific, philosophical, and theological knowledge,” he cautioned against the risk if man “relies only on science and forgets to raise his eyes beyond himself.” More on the conference here.
Cosmology's Golden Age
"La verità è il destino per il quale siamo stati fatti (Truth is the destiny for which we were made)". This article gives an example of how "truth" is achieved through "discovery" – the method used in science. By revealing nature, discovery is the way in which we can achieve truth, or at least glimpse it. But how can we know or have confidence that we have made a correct discovery? Here we can look to the major architect of the scientific method, Galileo Galilei: "La matematica è l'afabeto nel quale Dio ha scritto l'Universo" (Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe). A discovery will be described best – and most economically and poetically – mathematically. Read full article.
What Does This Generation Think it Means to be a “Scientist”?
South Korea Ewha Academy Nobel Lecture with George Smoot
The Dong-A Ilbo (One of South Korea's major newspapers) reports on Dr. Smoot's first public lecture:
Dong-A Daily March 2009 newspaper interview with Dr. Smoot, shown here lecturing to students at Ewha Womans University. (PDF file of newspaper article- in Korean).
George F. Smoot - Recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Physics Education. The American Association for the Advancement of Science selected Dr. Smoot as the winner of the 2009 American Association of Physics Teachers Oersted Medal. The Oersted Medal, established in 1936, recognizes those who have had an outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics. His research and writing on Cosmic Background Radiation anisotropy and the formation of galaxies has had a significant impact on our understanding of universe evolution, and on the teaching of physics and astronomy.
The Oersted Medal will be presented to Dr. Smoot at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, February 14, 2009. Following the presentation, Dr. Smoot will deliver his keynote address titled “The History and Fate of the Universe.” Read more.
Berkeley Lab In The News: Smoot to Teach at New Silicon Valley University January, 2009
Starting this summer, some of the world's leading thinkers in exponentially growing technologies will be gathering annually at Nasa Ames Research Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley, for 10 weeks of discussions on how to change the future. The gatherings will be part of what is known as Singularity University. Among the faculty is Berkeley Lab physicist and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot. More here.
December, 2008 Nobel Laureate George Smoot has been appointed director of a new cosmology institute in South Korea that will work closely with the year-old Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) at the University of California, Berkeley, to explore and understand the early universe.
Last week, South Korea's Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology named Smoot a visiting scholar at Ewha (eee-hua) Womans University, a private university in Seoul where he will teach several courses over the next five years as he oversees the creation of the Institute for the Early Universe. Smoot was one of two Nobel Laureates chosen to set up top-notch research programs through South Korea's World Class University program. Read more from UC Berkeley News.
IEU Post Doc Announcement (December 26, 2008)
The Institute for the Early Universe (IEU) at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea is soliciting several up to ten postdoctoral research fellows within one year to participate in an exciting new research program to explore and understand the early universe. Read more here.
The Institute for the Early Universe (IEU) at EWHA Womans University in Seoul, Korea will provide cosmology education and training, conduct scientific research, and participate in major space projects. IEU is supported by EWHA University and the World Class University (WCU) project. WCU is the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology project designed to upgrade research levels of Korean universities. The Institute for the Early Universe will also be a partner in the Cosmology on the Beach seminars hosted by BCCP, The Institute for Advanced Cosmology, and the Universe Cluster.
Chanju Kim, George Smoot, Changrim Ahn, Il H. Park in front of the Ewha University Archive
La Competencia Intelectual
Dr. Smoot recently received an honorary doctorate degree from University Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Orihuela, Spain and was an inaugural guest at the opening of the Didático Interactive Museum of Science.
Bajo Segura Noticias article about the new museum and Dr. Smoot's visit (translated)
A multimedia science competition was held for students as part of the Didático Interactive Museum inaugural events. Students could create models, narratives, comics, or videos that explained scientific principles.
Competion brochure (en español)
November, 2008 The American Association of Physics Teachers recently announced the awarding of the Oersted Medal to Berkeley Lab physicist and Nobelist George Smoot. The award recognizes “his outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics.” The Oersted Medal is named for Hans Christian Oersted (1777-1851), a Danish physicist who, in the course of creating a demonstration for teaching his class, discovered that electric currents caused a magnetic field. The annual award was established in 1936. (From Today at Berkeley Lab)
Nature Video presents five short films on the future of physics
Recorded at the 2008 Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, these films capture the conversations between young researchers and physics Laureates George Smoot, William Phillips, John Hall, David Gross and Gerardus 't Hooft. Join them as they grapple with universal ideas including dark matter, dark energy, the Large Hadron Collider, space-time and quantum computing.
Chilean President Bachelet Visits Lawrence Berkeley Lab to Learn about Research on Renewable Energy and Conservation June 13, 2008
President Bachelet and members of her delegation were greeted at Berkeley Lab by Nobel Laureate George Smoot; James Siegrist- Associate Laboratory Director for General Science; and Harley Shaiken - Chair for Latin American Studies on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Read more from the Berkeley Lab News Center.
Hawking, NASA Head, Nobel Winners Visit The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
AIMS welcomed a stellar group of scientists and engineers to the launch of the NextEinstein initiative on May 11, and the opening of the AIMS Research Centre on May 12. The group included the famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking, the NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, and the winners of the 2004 and 2006 Nobel Prizes in Physics, David Gross and George Smoot. Many distinguished pan-African and international scientists, business and technology leaders, and political representatives also participated.
The launch of The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) was held at the new Wallenberg Research Centre of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). The event was attended by David Gross, Stephen Hawking, and George Smoot. NITheP is a geographically distributed institute which also has regional centres at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand. It is being positioned as a national and African user facility for theoretical physics and will provide theoretical underpinning for current national programmes including astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear and particle physics, quantum technologies, condensed matter physics and quantum optics. Note: NITheP website is under construction.
George Smoot has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the nation’s highest honors for a scientist or engineer. He is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates inducted into the NAS, which was established in 1863 under President Lincoln for the “furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.”
New UC Cosmology Center Announced
May 2007 The five most recent United States recipients of the Nobel Prize were in Washington D.C. as part of the 12th annual Nobel Laureates Capitol Hill Day. They spoke about the state of the country's scientific enterprise and the importance of scientific investment. Pictured from left to right: Craig C. Mello, George F. Smoot, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Andrew Z. Fire, and Roger Kornberg.
For more photos go here.
View the Hearing of the 2006 Nobel Laureates: Science, Technology, and Innovation on the US Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation website
Nobel Prize Physicist Wants To Reduce Carbon Footprints - ABC News Story October 12, 2007
2007 Global Conference
Since its inception in 2003, the IIT Global Alumni Conference has been a premier business event, bringing together industry visionaries, thought leaders, and IIT alumni from across the globe. Nobelists George F. Smoot and Arno Penzias, and Berkeley astronomy professor Alexei Filippenko discuss the many dimensions of cosmology at the Silicon Valley, CA event. View video
Photo Gallery at the Nobel Monument Inscription Ceremony June 2007
The BCCP and its partner IAC will sponsor an annual cosmology school and workshop on the beach for graduate students and post doctoral scholars:
May 2007 Texas A&M University
"Recent advances in observational astronomy have brought a new focus on the potential connections between new fundamental particles and our understanding of their impact on the early universe and its evolution..."
Prof. George Smoot (UC Berkeley) will give a public talk on The Echoes of Creation at Rudder Theater
April 2007 During a visit to CERN, Dr. Smoot talked to Arnaud Marsollier about his quest to explore the early universe, and how cosmology and particle physics are coming together in a grand crusade. He is seen here photographing the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) particle detector. To read the CERN article on Smoot's visit go here.
To watch a ReaPlayer video (or download the video) of his lecture at CERN go here.
UC Berkeley's 'Tree of Wisdom' featured in Vanity Fair
Turning day to night with artificial lights, the Vanity Fair photo spread features Berkeley Nobel laureates (from left) Yuan T. Lee, Donald Glaser, Daniel McFadden, George Smoot, Charles Townes and Steven Chu, joined by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. (Photo by Todd Eberle/ Vanity Fair)
UC Berkeley's Nobel Prize winners and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau are featured as part of Vanity Fair magazine's "Green Issue" for April.
Read more from UC Berkeley News Center site and watch a video of the shoot here.
April 2007 The Columbus Dispatch "Nobel-winning physicist returns to Ohio roots" by Mike Lafferty PDF file
March 10, 2007 New York Times "Out There" by Richard Panek "Three days after learning that he won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, George Smoot was talking about the universe..." PDF
Nobel meets Oscar
At February's Oscar ceremonies in Hollywood, 2006 Nobelist George Smoot accompanied Academy member Elizabeth Cohen of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Smoot met with Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and with the director of the Academy's Technical Council, Andrew Maltz, and others to discuss ways of encouraging further contributions of science and engineering to the arts. (from Today at Berkeley Lab)
January 20, 2007 - UC Energy Forum Half a dozen Nobel laureates — including Berkeley Lab Director Steve Chu and Physicist George Smoot — met at UC Berkeley to exchange suggestions for battling global warming, including expanding the country's nuclear power program to designing nanotechnology that would mimic the way insects dispose of energy waste.
January 2007 - Do Nobelists live longer? Newsweek article
Click on this image to see the full size poster from Dr. Smoot's lecture "Discovery and Utilization of Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies"
April 2007 George Smoot, a 1962 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, visited his alma mater on and addressed an auditorium filled with science, physics and mathematics students. Read more here.
April 2007 Upper Arlington News, April 2007 "Nobel Prize winner returns home" PDF
August 15, 2006 Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) Team Wins Gruber Prize
December 2006 Dr. Smoot was awarded he Daniel Chalonge Medal by the International School of Astrophysics "Daniel Chalonge," known as the Chalonge School. The handsome bronze medal was awarded "for George Smoot's 15-year support and outstanding contributions to the Chalonge School." Read more...
Article in Sao Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese)