Dr. Anže Slosar will present “The Universe: Our Mysterious Home.” Dr. Slosar, a native of Slovenia, received his Ph.D from the University of Cambridge in 2003. He worked at Oxford and Berkeley and is currently an Associate Scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. Dr. Slosar writes, "The main focus of my research is physical cosmology, a worldwide effort to explain the inner workings of our universe on its largest scales in terms of physics that we know, understand, and love. In particular, cosmological observations now show that in addition to the matter present in the standard model of particle physics, the universe is filled with two extra components: dark matter and dark energy."
In 2011, he led a team that utilized the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS, part of the Solane Digital Sky Survey) to complete the largest three-dimensional map of the distant Universe, based on the spectrum of light emitted from 14,000 quasars passing through clouds of interstellar gas. The map is the first glimpse into what the Universe looked like 11 billion years ago.