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Cafe Scientifique, "Dark Matter: Seeing the Invisible Universe"

Date: 11/20/2012

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis

Cost: $5-$12


We used to think we understood what everything was made of, from the quarks inside protons and neutrons to the stars and galaxies. We call this the Standard Model. However, over the last couple decades, it has become obvious that a class of new elementary particles (called dark matter) make up 80% of the stuff of the Universe. Tonight, Dr. Priscilla Cushman will talk about what dark matter is, why we think it is there, and how we might detect it here on Earth, as we pass through the cloud of dark matter that makes up most of our galaxy. 

Dr. Cushman graduated A.B. cum laude in Physics and Philosophy from Harvard University in 1976, and earned her Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University in 1985. She is a member of the faculty of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. Her research is in particle physics, most recently as co-spokesman of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search currently running in the Soudan Mine in northern Minnesota.

Doors for Café Scientifique at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater open at 6 p.m., the program begins at 7 p.m.


  • Name: Leah Peterson
  • E-mail: pete1313@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Bell Museum of Natural History


Bryant Lake Bowl is located at 810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN. Street parking and surface lots are available nearby. Additional information is available at bryantlakebowl.com/map

Reservation Information:

Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Seating is general admission.

More information: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForAdults/CafeScientifique/index.htm

Disability Options: To request disability accommodations, please contact [name, department, e-mail address, phone number].

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