Featuring Dan Hooper, professor of astronomy and astrophysics

The overwhelming majority of cosmologists are confident that most of the matter in our universe is not made up of atoms but rather of a substance known as dark matter. We do not know, however, exactly what dark matter is, how it behaves, or how it was created in the early universe. In this lecture, Dan Hooper will explain why we are so sure that dark matter exists and describe how recent experimental results suggest that it may be very different than we had long imagined.

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Event Details

2:00 p.m. Registration and networking
2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
3:30 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Odyssey, and Phoenix philanthropic societies

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Parking Information

Complimentary self-parking is available.

Featured Faculty


Dan Hooper is a cosmologist and particle physicist specializing in dark matter, cosmic rays, and neutrino astrophysics. He is a senior scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He is the author of the books Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe’s Missing Mass and Energy (HarperCollins, 2006) and Nature’s Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force (HarperCollins, 2008). His third book, The Edge of Time: Radically Rethinking the Origin of Our Universe, is planned for publication in 2019.