BSA Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, 10/4: 'The Quantum Universe'

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Hitoshi Murayama

Hitoshi Murayama of the University of California (UC) Berkeley, the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Tokyo will present a BSA Distinguished Lecture at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Murayama's talk, titled "The Quantum Universe," will be held at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall.

"Where do we come from?"

Scientists are making progress both in answering this age-old question and understanding why the universe today is the way it is. During his talk, however, Murayama will discuss how scientists still have major puzzles to solve by, for example, uncovering more about the Higgs boson physicists discovered nearly five decades after it was predicted and investigating the mysterious, invisible dark matter that holds the universe together.

About the Speaker

Hitoshi Murayama is a MacAdams Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, a senior staff faculty member at Berkeley Lab, and Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Toyko in Japan. He earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Tokyo in 1991. Murayama was a research associate at Tohoku University from 1991 to 1995 before joining Berkeley Lab in 1993 and UC-Berkeley in 1995. He received the Yukawa Commemoration Prize in 2002 and founded the Kavli Institute at the University of Tokyo in 2007.

Murayama is a Fellow of the American Physical Society as well as a member of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and the Science Council of Japan.

About BSA Distinguished Lectures

BSA Distinguished Lectures are sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages Brookhaven Lab, to present topics of general interest to the Laboratory community and the public. These lectures are free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory 16 and older must bring a photo ID.

This lecture is scheduled to be webcast live and archived online at

The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.

For more information, call (631) 344-2345.

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