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2019 Annual Awards Banquet

on January 19, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Speaker Dr. Brian Keating - Losing the Nobel Prize
Topic Info

What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang? In 2014, astronomers using the powerful BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole thought they’d glimpsed evidence of the period of cosmic inflation at the beginning of time. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement, and Nobel whispers spread like wildfire. But had these scientists been deceived by a galactic mirage? In this popular-level talk, cosmologist Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2’s detection and the ensuing scientific drama. He provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize actually hampers scientific progress by encouraging speed and competition while punishing inclusivity, collaboration, and bold innovation.

Speaker Bio

Brian Keating is a cosmologist at the University of California San Diego and Principal Investigator of the Simons Observatory collaboration in Chile.. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and two U.S. patents. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford and Caltech, and received a 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his role in inventing the BICEP telescope. Keating is a commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument ratings and is a Trustee of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Dr. Keating will autograph copies of his popular book, Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor, selected as one of Amazon’s 20 Best Science Books of 2018, after the talk. Limited copies of Losing the Nobel Prize will be available at the talk or you can preorder from Amazon at

Location USD La Gran Terraza: :

12:30 opening cocktails/social

1 pm Lunch

About 1:30 start awards

2:30: Losing The Nobel Prize

Cost Registration is complementary for invited honorees (2018 officers, including San Diego student branch chairs, and all of the past San Diego Section chairs) who pre-register. Each honoree may bring 1 guest if they pre-register. For all other IEEE members and guests, $30 for members and $15 for student/life members


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