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Susan M. Lea, professor of astronomy and physics at San Francisco State University, will speak on "Life After Death: The Story of Neutron Stars" on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Reed College’s Vollum lecture hall. The lecture, sponsored by the Harlow Shapley visiting lectureships of the American Astronomical Society and Reed’s physics department, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Lea is the author of Physics: The Nature of Things (1997). Her areas of specialty include x-ray astronomy, neutron stars, magnetic fields, and science education. Her research emphases includes theoretical astrophysics, especially accretion problems and investigation of x-ray sources, as well as numerical hydrodynamics. Lea received her B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from Newnham College, Cambridge, with an emphasis in theoretical physics. She earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from University of California, Berkeley.

The visiting lectureships program of the American Astronomical Society, a program of two-day visits by professional astronomers to college campuses, brings the excitement of the modern astronomer’s view of the cosmos to each host institution. Harlow Shapley, president of the American Astronomical Society from 1943 to 1946, is most prominently recognized for his success in the field of astronomy but also for his role on both the national and international scene. He played a major role in the founding of UNESCO and was director of the Harvard Observatory. In the 1930s he discovered the first dwarf galaxies in Sculptor and Fornax, both of them recognized members of the local group.

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