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Heard on Campus: Stephon Alexander at Research Unplugged

"The first structure formed in the universe was a sound phenomenon. It's similar to a blues scale." -- Stephon Alexander, assistant professor of physics, astronomy and astrophysics

Alexander hosted the final Research Unplugged conversation of the fall season on Wednesday, Nov. 7. He discussed "The Mystery of Matter: A Cosmological Explanation of the Origin of Mass" with colleagues and community members in the gallery of Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. Alexander used music as a theme to explain particle physics and cosmology. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research Penn State Web site on Monday, Nov. 12.

Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served.

Stephon Alexander Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated November 18, 2010