Astronomy lecture topic: Did universe come from nothing?


April 5, 2012

Lawrence Krauss, internationally known theoretical physicist and foundation professor in ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics, will speak on “A Universe From Nothing” at 7 p.m., April 27, in Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-173 on the Tempe campus.

Krauss’s lecture will be followed by an Astronomy Open House from 8 to 10 p.m. on the roof Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-Wing. Download Full Image

Krauss, whose most recent book is also titled “A Universe From Nothing,” said he would describe “the revolutions that have taken place in our understanding of the Universe, and of space and time, that suggest that our Universe could have arisen naturally from nothing at all.”

Krauss’s research covers science from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe. His research interests include the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe.

He is the winner of the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board. The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues.

The open house will feature a meteorite dig and meteorite display, new high-resolution Moon images, a GEO Club rock display, a planetarium show and telescope viewings, which will include mars and the Orion Nebula.

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance to the Bateman H-wing. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Parking Garage. From the parking garage go west along the University Drive sidewalk (toward campus) until you see signs leading you to the entrance.

Though both events are free, an R.S.V.P. is requested for the lecture at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3293447791.

For more information about the lecture and open house, contact Teresa Ashcraft at teresa.ashcraft@asu.edu, or go to http://astopenhouse.com.

Gubler quoted in the 'Phoenix Business Journal'


April 5, 2012

Zachary Gubler, associate professor, was quoted by the Phoenix Business Journal in a March 19 article, “FDIC suing former Silver State Bank executives,” by reporter Jennifer A. Johnson.

The article reported on four former bankers from Silver State Bank, which has four branches in Arizona, who allegedly were grossly negligent and approved Arizona and Nevada land loans in violation of the bank’s lending policies. Their actions ultimately caused the bank’s failure. The FDIC is suing for $86 million tied to losses incurred by Silver State as a result of what the agency described as risky land loans made to developers in Arizona and Nevada, according to the article. Download Full Image

Gubler said he expects a spike in the number of lawsuits filed against directors and officers of failed banks.

According to the article, the FDIC said it brought suits or settled claims against about 24 percent of the directors and officers of banks that failed between 1985 and 1993.

To read the article, click here.

Gubler joined the ASU law faculty in 2011 after having spent two years at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow. Prior to transitioning to the academy, he served as a law clerk for Judge Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and worked as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. He graduated in 2005 from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.