Supernovae: a super lecture topic

February 13, 2012

Some people hunt fossils, and some hunt for supernovae.

So what are supernovae? Learn about them during a free astronomy lecture and open house Feb. 24, at ASU’s Tempe campus. Download Full Image

The lecture, titled “White Dwarf Supernovae,” will be presented at 7 p.m., in Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-173, by Frank Timmes, a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

“We'll traverse the frontier of supernova from white dwarf stars by exploring historical yet brand-new supernovae, contributions from amateur supernova hunters, the cyber-enabled state of the art, and near-future $1B NASA missions," Timmes says of his lecture.

The Astronomy Open House, from 8 to 10 p.m., on the roof of Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-Wing, also will have a “Supernova” theme. Visitors will be able to see new high-resolution images of the moon, and look through the telescopes.

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. 

For a campus map and parking information, visit, or contact Ashcraft at

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Kramer discusses California's ban on gay marriage on PBS

February 13, 2012

Professor Zachary Kramer appeared on PBS’s Arizona Horizon to discuss the constitutionality of California’s ban on gay marriage and its impact on Arizona, Feb. 9.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently found California’s Proposition 8, which says that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, to be unconstitutional. Kramer said the court’s reasoning behind the decision was that citizens had a right that was taken away for an improper reason. Download Full Image

Kramer said the next step would be to take the case to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit or to the Supreme Court.

He also said that decision wouldn’t have an impact on Arizona because it never allowed same sex marriage in the first place, which was unique to California.

Watch the interview here.

Kramer teaches Employment Law, Special Topics in Employment Discrimination Law and Property. His research focuses on antidiscrimination law, law and sexuality, and work/family issues.