Physics and Astronomy Conference, “Illuminating the Extreme Cosmos with Astroparticle Astronomy” | Local News

Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Tonia Venters with her lecture “Illuminating the Extreme Cosmos Through Astroparticle Astronomy.” This will be a virtual conference to provide an overview of astroparticle astronomy. The conference will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16 and will be broadcast live via Zoom here:

Dr. Venters is a research astrophysicist at NASA Goddard after graduate studies at Rice University and the University of Chicago. Dr. Venters shares this description of his talk:

For centuries, astronomy has relied on light to learn more about the universe, but light isn’t the only cosmic messenger. Recent developments have marked the dawn of an exciting new era of multi-messenger astronomy, a discipline that combines observations in gravitational waves and astroparticles, as well as light, to obtain a more complete picture of the universe. and the astrophysical systems it contains. Among the various messengers, the most mysterious are perhaps two of the astroparticles: cosmic rays and neutrinos. Cosmic rays are the messengers of the most extreme accelerators in the cosmos; however, efforts to identify their origins have been thwarted for over a century due to the fact that they do not refer to their sources.

On the other hand, even though neutrinos do return to their sources, the individual sources have yet to be identified with certainty. In this talk, I will provide an overview of recent developments in multi-messenger astronomy, and then focus on the particular challenges of cosmic-ray and neutrino astronomy. Finally, I will set the stage for next-generation facilities that will illuminate the universe through astroparticle astronomy.

For more information about this conference and future events, please contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, [email protected] To learn more about Southwestern physics and engineering degrees, please visit

Angela C. Hale