Stony Brook University Alumni Association invites alumni and friends to a lecture by
Stanimir Metchev, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
2012 and the End of Times: Myth, Fiction, and Fact
This talk will take a look at the history, speculations, and science behind some of the projections for the year that marks the end of the Mayan calendar and will present recent developments in archaeoastronomy, planetary astronomy, and geology for an up-to-date factual context.
Stanimir Metchev has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Stony Brook University since 2008. Prior to his arrival at Stony Brook, Dr. Metchev earned a BA and a PhD in Astrophysics from Harvard and the California Institute of Technology, and was a Spitzer Space Telescope Post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA between 2005-2008.
Dr. Metchev's research interests include extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, and novel astronomical instrumentation techniques that enable new studies of these fascinating objects. He has served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and agencies, including Science, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Hubble, and the Spitzer space telescopes among others. He also serves on the Board of Directors for New York Astronomy Consortium.
RSVP online or e-mail Russell Malbrough Russell.Malbrough@stonybrook.edu