College of Science and Engineering


Two COSE events to feature physicist during Homecoming Week

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dan Hooper
Dan Hooper, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Chicago and associate scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will present "In Search of Our Universe’s Missing Mass and Energy" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Wick Science Building, Room 116. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Hooper will also be honored at a reception set for 4 -4:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the east lobby of the Wick Science Building. The university community is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

The seminar is sponsored by Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science. For more information, go to The reception is sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.

Recipient of the College of Science and Engineering's Alumni Leadership Award for 2008, Hooper earned bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics in 1999.

Originally from Cold Spring, Minn., Hooper earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. His first book, Dark Cosmos, was published in 2007.

David Novak, recipient of St. Cloud State University's Graduate of the Last Decade for 2008, will also be honored during the university’s homecoming festivities, although he will not be able to attend.

Novak graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in meteorology. He subsequently earned a master’s in atmospheric sciences at State University of New York at Albany and is now a doctoral candidate at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Eastern Region Headquarters, Scientific Services Division, Novak currently resides in Lake Grove, N.Y.

Novak has published numerous refereed papers and his research has served as the basis for a number of National Weather Service training seminars.

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