Sigma Xi Orange County Chapter

January Meeting

January 16th, 2018. (Always on the 3rd Tuesdays of the odd-numbered months.)


8:00 PM: “From Dark Matter to Habitable Worlds”

Our universe is approximately 14 billion years old and is so large that even with 100 billion galaxies it is mostly empty space. Very recently, on one of those planets, life complex enough to contemplate its own existence has emerged. That’s us. If our understanding of cosmology is correct, then our origin may have as much to do with dark matter as it does with DNA. We may soon know if we’re mostly alone in this vast cosmos, or if our cosmic cousins flourish among the stars.

About the speaker

James Bullock, Ph.D, Director of the Center for Cosmology, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCI and Director of the University of California’s multicampus Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution, AAAS Fellow.

Social ½ Hour:

6:30 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other attendees.


7:00 PM – Reservation required. Homemade Meatloaf Dinner, with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, assorted dinner rolls and creamery butter, chef’s choice dessert, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot herbal tea. Vegetarian option available. Full bar service.

[Include your dinner preference (regular or vegetarian) with your check/reservation.]


Note the updated attendance and contact info, and the new dinner price.
Be sure to RSVP ASAP to ensure getting a seat!

Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter), which must be received by Friday, January 12th, to

Dr. Peter Kurzhals
16944 Kawai Court.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2612

Paid-up members and their guests, $30; $35 for all others; $5 more if you pay at the door.

Dinner with no RSVP is $5 more and the entrée is whatever is available.

(Surprise attendees stress both the kitchen supplies and staff!)

There is no charge for attending the lecture only but

   (1) you won’t be admitted to the meeting room before 7:45, and

   (2) you must RSVP so we can have a chair for you!

Map and Directions

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport

In the parking lot, drive up to the front door. There will be no charge if you tell the valet parking attendants that you're going to the Sigma Xi meeting. Arrive early, as the parking lot sometimes fills up quickly.