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Published on Apr 12, 2018
“What is the Universe Made Of?” was delivered by Dr. Robert Scherrer on April 6, 2018, as the 3rd annual Lois McGlothlin Donaldson Endowed Lecture in Physics for the University of Memphis Department of Physics and Materials Science. Dr. Scherrer is a cosmologist at Vanderbilt University specializing in the physics of dark matter and dark energy. After earning his A.B. degree in physics at Princeton University and spending two years at Cambridge University, Dr. Scherrer earned his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago in 1987. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard-Smighsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at Ohio State University in 1989. He came to Vanderbilt in 2003 to serve as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Scherrer has won awards for distinguished teaching and communication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public.