FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                Date: March 27, 2001

Contact: Charles Schweighauser (217) 206-6721


Top astrophysicist to lecture at UIS

SPRINGFIELD  -- Dr. Virginia Trimble, one of the world’s leading astrophysicists, will speak on Cosmology: Man’s Place in the Universe at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Public Affairs Center conference room F, on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

This free public program is presented as part of the ongoing Shapley-Barber Lecture Series at UIS, made possible by the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society and the Barber Memorial Fund for Astronomy at UIS.

Currently on the faculties of the University of California-Irvine and the University of Maryland, Dr. Trimble teaches courses in astrophysics, stellar structure and evolution, and cosmology at both institutions. She is the author of more than 400 technical and popular articles and books and is a dazzling lecturer with a superior sense of humor, according to Charles Schweighauser, professor of astronomy/physics at UIS.

A member of the Hubble Space Telescope advisory committee, Trimble has also served on the boards of directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and national honor research society Sigma Xi. She has been vice president of the International Astronomical Union and president of that organization's Galaxies and Cosmology Division, chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal.

She was a founding member of the European Astronomical Society and has twice been a visiting fellow and instructor of theoretical astronomy at Cambridge University in England.

She is also widely sought after as an adviser and resource person by the media. Television appearances include programs aired on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Trimble earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1968.

Dr. Harlow Shapley, who died in 1972, was one of the leading American astronomers of the 20th century. Director of the Harvard University observatory and chair of Harvard's astronomy department, Shapley is perhaps best known for his work in mapping galactic clusters and the position of the sun in our own galaxy.

For more information, contact Schweighauser at (217) 206-6721.