South Pole Science Presentation Feb. 19


The public is invited to a special South Pole Science presentation by Jim Madsen, Physics Professor at UW-River Falls.  Specifically, he will be speaking about the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, an innovative particle detector built deep into the ice at the South Pole in Antarctica.

 The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake.

 According to Madsen, South Pole temperatures are no shock for many Wisconsinites given that the University of Wisconsin has the lead in building and maintaining the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, an innovative telescope located in Antarctica.  His presentation will include stories from the end of the Earth and a look into how IceCube explores the universe including a new way to look at astronomical phenomenon like exploding stars and black holes.

 The Wisconsin-led project took ten years and included the efforts of dozens of engineers, physicists, and businesses from Wisconsin in collaboration with an international team of scientists to design, test, and build IceCube.  The worldwide effort, stretching across the globe and into the heart of Antarctica, is rooted squarely in Wisconsin with key partners at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and suppliers from all over Wisconsin supporting the effort.

 To celebrate the Wisconsin connection and give back to the colleges and communities that supported IceCube, researchers are traveling around the state, providing engaging events for all age groups.  As part of the visit to Barron County, Madsen will also be giving talks at the Barron County Sunrise Rotary and the Grantsburg Rotary on February 18.

 Funds for the statewide public education event are provided by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC).  The National Science Foundation is the major funding agency for IceCube and operates the South Pole station.

 For more information contact UW-Barron County at 715-234-8176.



Barb Lang