SOURCE: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

January 06, 2010 11:00 ET

Alex Filippenko, One of the World's Most Highly Cited Astronomers, Will Present Breakthroughs in Dark Energy

Dr. Filippenko, Berkeley's "Best Professor" and National Academy of Sciences Member, Will Speak on January 28, 2010 as Part of the Rae Dorough Speakers Series; Special Dine & Discover Savory Science Dinner at Eddie Papa's Restaurant

LIVERMORE, CA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2010) - World-renowned astronomer and UC Berkeley Professor Dr. Alex Filippenko will speak on Thursday, January 28 2010, at 7:30pm at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California. Filippenko's appearance is part of the 2009-2010 Rae Dorough Speakers Series presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Filippenko is one of the world's most highly cited astronomers, having published more than 600 papers and having been recognized by several major prizes including election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. He currently serves as Professor of Astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley, and has been voted the "Best Professor" on campus six times.

Dr. Filippenko's presentation, "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe," showcases breakthroughs which have earned him and his team of international astronomers Science magazine's top "Science Breakthrough of 1998" for research on exploding stars (supernovae). He also received a share of the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize for this discovery, and leads the world's most successful robotic search for exploding stars.

"Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe" will feature Filippenko's observations of very distant exploding stars, which show that the expansion of the Universe is now speeding up, rather than slowing down due to gravity as expected.

Tickets are $30, $12 for students 21 and under, and are available by calling 925-373-6800 or visiting

Dine and Discover at Eddie Papa's Restaurant With the Savory Science Menu

Eddie Papa's restaurant is offering a special prix fixe dinner before the event in honor of Dr. Alex Filippenko, which focuses on scientific methods of cooking.

Main course selections include Salmon en Papillote (a method of cooking in which the food is folded into parchment paper and baked), Sous Vide Short Ribs (Sous Vide is French for "under vacuum," cooking at low temperatures for a long period of time in order to maintain the integrity of the ingredients), and Chick Pea and Sweet Potato Stew. The featured desert is a black and white crème brulee.

For reservations call: 925-373-6650.

About the Rae Dorough Speakers Series

The Rae Dorough Speakers Series, named for long-time Livermore resident and community activist Rae Dorough, features renowned commentators discussing interesting and timely topics ranging from oil to iPhones, dark energy to American Theater. The series is sponsored in part by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. Programs begin at 7:30pm and will include an audience Q&A following each speaker's presentation, and a post-talk reception with the speaker.

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