Posted 8:23 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

Riccardo Giacconi, a 2002 Nobel Laureate in Physics, is the guest speaker for this year's Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics. Giacconi is a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University and the 10th Nobel Laureate to speak at UW-L. giacconi"If you look anywhere, you will not see any program having such an outstanding opportunity for students, faculty and the community," says Physics Department Chair Gubbi Sudhakaran. Along with receptions, a public lecture and a physics colloquium, Nobel Laureates also interact with physics students in the classroom. Additionally, they have lunch with research students. "This is a unique opportunity for everyone," says Sudhakaran. "This is the top of all that we offer." Giacconi is on campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8 and 9. Following a 4:30 p.m. Thursday reception, Giacconi will present the public lecture "A New Revolution in Astronomy 400 Years After Galileo," (description below), at 5 p.m. in 260 Graff Main Hall. A physics colloquium, "X-Ray Astronomy 2009," (description below), is set for Friday. A reception begins at 3 p.m., followed by the 3:20 p.m. colloquium in the Strzelczyk Great Hall, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. The public may also attend the colloquium.physics The UW-L Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics is co-sponsored by the UW-L Foundation Inc., the Department of Physics, the College of Science and Health, and Wettstein's. A physicist whose significant accomplishments and communication skills can inspire and enrich the careers of students, faculty and the community in general is brought to campus annually. To download a brochure of the event, visit To download a poster of the event, visit For Giacconi's vitae, go to For Giacconi's biography, visit Find out more about the Department of Physics at Become a fan on the Physics Department Facebook page at