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Rider University Physicist Talks Astronomy at MCCC Lecture
March 1


01/23/18


Dr. John Bochanski

Dr. John Bochanski, assistant Professor of Physics at Rider University, will discuss astronomy and astrophysics during a lecture at Mercer County Community College March 1.

WEST WINDSOR – The future of astronomy in this data-driven era is the topic of an upcoming lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), led by Dr. John Bochanski, assistant professor of Physics at Rider University.

Bochanski will deliver the lecture “Data-Driven Discovery: Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys” at noon on Thursday, March 1 in the Communications Building, Room 109. His talk is part of MCCC’s spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public..

Bochanski will outline how large, digital surveys of the night sky have revolutionized astronomy now that astronomers are no longer tethered to their telescopes and have access to terabytes of data on hundreds of millions of celestial objects. Bochanski will explore the motivation behind large surveys, detail some of his results, and discuss the data-rich future of large astronomical surveys, most notably Gaia and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Bochanski holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in astronomy from the University of Washington and a B.S. degree from Villanova University in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.

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