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MSU hosts renowned astrophysicist and author Janna Levin for free Aug. 20 lecture

August 3, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Award-winning astrophysicist and author Janna Levin will present a free public lecture, “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe, and Everything,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium.

Levin, currently professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University, has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions and gravitational waves. She is the author of the popular-science book “How the Universe Got Its Spots” and a novel, “A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines,” which won the PEN/Bingham prize for writers. Levin was also named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2012.

Levin’s lecture is being sponsored by the eXtreme Gravity Group, supported jointly by the Montana State University Department of Physics and the MSU Office of the President. Her lecture is part of the Extreme Gravity Workshop at MSU, Aug. 20-22, which is preparing physicists for several new national and international instruments coming on-line in the next few years that will dramatically increase the data available for studying some of the big questions in physics.

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Contact: Jody Sanford, College of Letters & Science, (406) 994-7791 or