April 2024 – Senior Thesis Champagne Pop, The Sturm Lecture, and Dark Skies Event

Senior Thesis Champagne Pop

4 p.m. on April 17th marked the senior thesis deadline signaling the tradition of seniors popping champagne bottles on the steps of Olin Library. Here are some of our 2024 Seniors.

The Sturm Lecture

From Monday, April 22nd through Wednesday, April 24th we were honored to have Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer join us on campus as the speaker for the 2024 Sturm Memorial Lecture. During her visit, Dr. Oppenheimer graciously gave two lectures and met with various members of our department and the Wesleyan Campus. We held a reception after her first lecture which was open to the public for observing.

Elias Mansell BA’24/MA’25 wrote an article for the Wesleyan Argus linked here about this event.

Night Sky Celebration Don’t Let the Milky Way Go Extinct!

This event was the culmination of the Dark Skies Advocacy Group’s student forum. The event took place on Friday, April 19th at Van Vleck Observatory from 7-10pm.

Guests were invited to soak in the splendor of a dark night sky and learn about urgent threats to the space environment. Activities for all ages included a guided moonlit walk, stargazing through modern and historic telescopes, student talks, science demonstrations, and a planetarium star show. Snacks were provided and the event was well attended.

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