U-M Physics Professor Katherine Freese participated in the introductory panel discussion of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 10th Anniversary with Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future festival. The festival takes a global audience from the strange world of subatomic particles to the out frontiers of the universe. Professor Freese is one of nine physicists who discussed what lies ahead in physics—from the Quantum to the Cosmos.

Professor Freese was also recently quoted in Sky & Telescope about a discovery made by NASA’s Fermi satellite that could indicate the existence of dark matter. The discovery could help her research into the mysterious substance that accounts for 85 percent of the matter in the universe. Please click here to read the story.

Dr. Freese is the George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, and the Associate Director of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics. She works on a wide range of topics in theoretical cosmology and astroparticle physics. She has been working to identify the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe as well as to build a successful model for the early universe immediately after the Big Bang. She has shown that most of the mass in galaxies does not consist of ordinary stellar material, and has proposed ways to look for alternatives such as supersymmetric particles. Currently there is a great deal of excitement about possible detections of these particles. Recently she has proposed Dark Stars as the first stars to form in the Universe.

You may view other interesting related information on Professor Freese's website.