Main program speakers: Annie Wargetz and Leonard Ferguson      
Topic: James Webb Space Telescope: What Are We Learning?

Our main presentation begins at 7:30. Before that, at 6:30, we will have
a special FYI session: A tribute to and examination of images of Loyd Overcash

May 27 Hybrid Meeting

Bruce Pollard Published on May 11, 2022

We have found our new meeting location! It is the Ponderosa Fire Station training room at 17061 Rolling Creek Drive (map)


Thanks to Loyd Overcash for helping us secure the fire station! It’s just West of Interstate 45, 1 block north of FM 1960. Park to the north of the fire station – we may also use the adjoining business lot after 5:30 p.m. There is a lot of room so bring some friends! We won’t have food available at this meeting, so be sure to eat before you arrive. You may also attend the meeting via Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 839 4806 7703
Passcode: 678457

FYI session – 6:30pm Rob Brayton will not talk about how to use the Raspberry Pi for astronomy.  Instead Aaron Clevenson will describe the various opportunities offered by the Astronomical League and the coming meteor shower.

Main presentation – 7:30pm Lisa Koerner, Associate Professor of Physics, University  of Houston.

A Tour of Neutrino Physics

The neutrino is one of the elementary particles which make up the universe. Neutrinos are produced by fusion reactions inside the sun and other stars, by natural radiation inside the earth, by supernovae, and by charged particles bombarding Earth’s atmosphere.  Despite their abundance, they are difficult to study because they interact very rarely.  Professor Koerner will give an overview of the history of neutrino physics, from the postulation of their existence to recent discoveries.  Her own research involves studying neutrinos that are produced by accelerators.  She will also discuss what we’ve learned from observations of astrophysical sources of neutrinos.

I grew up and attended college in Tennessee, then moved to Long Island, New York, where I got my PhD in Physics at Stony Brook University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Brookhaven National Lab.  After that, I moved to Houston in 2011, where I’m a professor in the Physics Department at University of Houston.  My research is in the area of experimental particle physics, focusing on neutrinos.  I’ve worked on neutrino physics projects in the US, Japan, and China, and I’m looking forward to sharing the discoveries of this field with you.