Dr. Jack O. Burns from the University of Colorado Boulder will deliver the spring Sherlin Lecture at the Community College of Aurora on Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Burns will present “Exploring the Cosmos from the Moon” in the Fine Arts Building Forum on the CentreTech Campus, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway. The event is free and open to the public, and the college’s observatory will be open for free public viewing after the lecture (weather permitting).
Burns is a professor in the department of astrophysical and planetary sciences at CU Boulder. He also is Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs and Research for the CU System. Additionally, he is director of the Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR), a $6.5 million center recently awarded by the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Burns is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recently awarded NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden.
Burns has held other leadership positions in higher education, including at the University of Missouri – Columbia and at New Mexico State University. At the University of New Mexico, he served as the Director of the Institute for Astrophysics and was a Presidential Fellow. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory from 1978 to 1980.
Burns has 355 publications in refereed journals, books, and in conference proceedings and abstracts (as listed in NASA’s Astrophysics Data System). His research has been featured in articles and on the covers of Scientific American, Nature, and Science. His teaching and research focus on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, supercomputer numerical simulations, astrophysics from the Moon, and public policy issues in higher education and science.