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Renowned WVU astrophysicists to shed light on their cosmic discovery

Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin pose together for a photograph against a black background with light waves in front of them.

WVU astrophysicists Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin received the prestigious Shaw Prize, considered the “Nobel of the East,” for their discovery of fast radio bursts. The couple will talk about their research and discovery during a Shaw Talk on April 11. (WVU Photo/Raymond Thompson Jr.)

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WHAT: Two West Virginia University astrophysicists, credited with helping discover fast radio bursts  — intense, unexplained pulses of energy, coming from billions of light years away, that pop for mere milliseconds — will discuss their research and discovery as part of their Shaw Talk for the University.

WHO: Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin, professors in the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy

WHEN: April 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: WVU Planetarium, White Hall, 135 Willey St., Morgantown

NOTES: Lorimer and McLaughlin were awarded the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2023 for the discovery of fast radio bursts, along with their collaborator Matthew Bailes. The Shaw Prize is considered the “Nobel Prize of the East.”

Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Planetarium and the Research Office, Lorimer and McLaughlin will deliver a specially curated talk. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

This is a free event open to the public.

Reserve a spot.



MEDIA CONTACT: Holly Legleiter
Public Relations Coordinator
WVU Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

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