Oct. 1, 1998
Vol. 18, No. 1

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    Compton Lectures peer into imaging

    Learn how scientists use images to better understand everything from the interior of the human body to the interior structure of planets and stars in a series of free, public lectures at the University beginning Saturday, Oct. 3.

    The series of 10 lectures, titled "Challenges in Imaging," will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday mornings through Dec. 12 in Room 115 of the Kersten Physics Building, 5720 S. Ellis Ave. There will be no lecture Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    Walter Wild, Senior Research Associate in Astronomy & Astrophysics, will deliver the lectures. Wild received his Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

    Wild will review how optical images are formed, the development of astronomical telescopes, a revolutionary new technology called adaptive optics whereby telescopes can peer through the Earth's turbulent atmosphere to see objects in the sky with crystal clarity and the function of the living human retina.

    These free lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences. Call (773) 702-7823 for more information.