The universe is all around us. This week’s Evening Focus will ask the question: what do we really know about the universe? UPDATE: Schedule Changes (More)

First, our thanks to last week’s Evening Focus lecturer, revgerry. Her series on Tucson was informative, heart rending and inspirational. It started with Evening Focus: My Tucson, a first person piece about the city she loves, then delved into an issue of importance with a call to action in Evening Focus: Arizona Bans Tucson’s Ethnic Studies. The conclusion was an inspirational story of hope: Evening Focus: Tucson, Together We Thrive.

Please check them out if you missed them.

This week, rb137 makes her Evening Focus debut with a three-day series on physics starting on Monday, January 24th at 9pm Eastern. In the Author’s own words:

We will discuss odd topics — why do we think there is dark matter, anyhow??? Maybe we can do an ode to the Tevatron, which is scheduled for decommissioning soon. What do we really know about the universe? What do we know about our early universe and how we got here? How do we know that our ideas about the early universe are right? What is dark matter and dark energy and why do we think it exists in the first place?

rb137 is a physicist and has written on BPI Campus in the Our Earth environmental series but this is her first Evening Focus lecture. All three articles will post at 9pm Eastern and rb137 will be available in the comment threads later in the evening to answer questions and ask new ones (that is how physicists are!). And as with all BPI Campus posts, our students and faculty often comment from other time zones (or levels of insomnia) and will likely add thoughts throughout the evening and into the next several days. Please check back and pick up a thread, reply to a comment or post a comment on something about the post that struck you later. Comments are checked often by Authors and other students.

Schedule Update: Due to the State of the Union address, the lecture series for this week will be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

On Tuesday evening, BPI Campus will have a live blog of the State of the Union address. Evening Focus will post at 8pm Eastern to allow for 1 hour of rampant speculation erudite punditry followed by the address.

Now a word from our sponsors:

Evening Focus, like Morning Feature (but more convenient for evening and West Blogistan readers) allows Authors to explore topics over two or more days. Authors wishing to contribute to Evening Focus should contact NCrissieB to get on the group email list set up to work out posting times and other details.

We also have openings for our campus soapbox, Furthermore!, our afternoon people-watching series Midday Matinee, and our evening environmental series Our Earth.

If you are already a BPI Author, you will find a complete list of category openings in the Authors Notepad in your Dorm Room. To reserve a slot, type in your user name, topic, and date, and click β€œSave Notes.” The note will be removed when you are added to our Schedule.

If you are not yet a BPI Author and would like to contribute at BPI, please contact the BPI Webmistress.

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Don’t forget to check out our daily Campus Question, part of Today’s Buzz. The Campus Question poses a question to jump start the conversation for our students and faculty gathering in the Student Union waiting for evening classes to begin. It posts at 6pm Eastern time and is open all night and into the next day. And don’t miss Campus Chatter, our morning buzz, with today in history and chitterings posting at 6am Eastern (for you west coast folks, that is either “pretty darned early” or “pretty darned late”).

Happy Sunday evening! And Happy Sunday afternoon to those in the leftier time zones.