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UEclipse: Renowned Astrophysicist and UE Alumna, Maria Weber '08, PhD, to Share Insights on Solar Magnetism ahead of 2024 Eclipse

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Ahead of the Spring 2024 Eclipse, the University of Evansville (UE) is proud to announce the upcoming presentation by astrophysicist and UE alumna, Maria Weber '08, PhD, that will highlight what to expect leading up to the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Dr. Weber's talk, titled "From Eclipses to Magnetism: The Secret Life of the Sun," promises to shed light on the intriguing mysteries of our nearest star. Weber will speak in Eykamp Hall on the UE campus at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Evansville, Weber earned her bachelor's degree with majors in Physics and Philosophy at UE. She later pursued a PhD in Physics from Colorado State University, with research focusing on the Sun's magnetism and internal processes using computer simulations. Weber's expertise in magnetic flux emergence-the processes by which magnetic fields of the Sun and other stars reach their surfaces-has earned her recognition as a leading authority in the field.

In addition to her groundbreaking research, Weber is passionate about science communication and outreach. Her dedication to educating and engaging the public with the wonders of astrophysics has taken her around the world, making her a respected figure in both academic and public spheres.

Today, Weber serves as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Director of the Wiley Planetarium at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Her achievements and commitment to advancing our understanding of the Sun's secrets make her a distinguished member of the UE alumni community.

This special presentation by Weber is a unique opportunity for the Evansville community to gain insights into the captivating world of solar magnetism and the vital role it plays in our universe. The event is open to all interested parties, and we encourage members of the public to join us on Sunday, April 7.

On Monday, April 8, residents of neighborhoods near the UE campus are encouraged to join our community to view this spectacular event. To learn more, please visit Members of the public are encouraged to register by clicking this link.

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