June 3, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— On Thursday, June 6, Todd Henry, distinguished university professor
of astronomy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, will give a talk as part of his
visit to Illinois Wesleyan University.
Open to the public, the event will be held at 4 p.m. in C101 of the Center for Natural
Science Learning and Research (CNS), (201 Beecher St., Bloomington). All summer students
and their advisors are encouraged to attend.
Henry, who is a collaborator of Linda French, chair and professor of physics at IWU,
will also meet with French’s students as well. He is the director of Research Consortium
On Nearby Stars (RECONS), a group that has been “looking to the sky from the foothills
of the Andes in Chile since 1999, to discover nearby stars, and more recently, to
survey asteroids in the Solar System.”
According to Henry, “In collaboration with Professor French at IWU, we have a parallel
effort underway to explore the smallest bodies in our Solar System, the asteroids.
We are revealing a surprising diversity in the surfaces and spin rates of the Greek
and Trojan asteroid swarms near Jupiter, and the data help us piece together the puzzle
of how they got to be that way.”
Henry received a bachelor of arts degree in physics and planetary sciences from Cornell
University in Ithaca, N. Y., and a doctorate degree in astronomy from the University
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at (309) 556-3181.
Contact: Sherry Wallace (309) 556-3181