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Astronomy professor Charles Nelson to continue Drake science series

February 23, 2009

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Charles Nelson, Drake University
associate professor of physics and astronomy, will make his second appearance
in the University's Science Colloquium Series on Friday, Feb. 27.

This presentation, which is free
and open to the public, will be held at noon in room 206 of Olin Hall, 1344 27thSt.

The series, which kicked off in
2005 with Nelson's inaugural lecture, will continue with his presentation,
titled "The Kinematics of Ionized Gas in Nearby Quasars."

Nelson will discuss the
interactions between the galaxy and their nuclei, which are called quasars, determined
by the motions of ionized gas.

The Science Colloquium Series will
continue with the following presentations, which all will take place at noon in
room 206 of Olin Hall:

  • March
    27 -- “Mass Spectrometry: From Fundamental Studies to Biological Applications,"
    Victor Ryzhov, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois
  • May
    1 -- "Biologically Inspired Nanotechnology," Eric Henderson,
    Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University.

The colloquium series is sponsored
by the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute. For more
information, visit