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Media Advisory 08-012

Astronomers Announce Exciting New Discovery Made with Microlensing Technique

February 14, 2008

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Astronomers will announce exciting new findings about the universe made with the microlensing technique during a telephone news conference Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

A question-and-answer period will follow the scientists' presentations. The research results announced during the conference will appear in the Feb. 15 issue of Science.

(Please note that all information disclosed in this teleconference will remain embargoed until Thursday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m., EST.)

Funding for the study was provided by the National Science Foundation and NASA.

Participants in the conference are:

  • Scott Gaudi, lead author and assistant professor of astronomy, Ohio State University
  • Andrew Gould, professor of astronomy, Ohio State University
  • David Bennett, associate professor of physics, University of Notre Dame
  • Michael Briley, program manager, National Science Foundation

For media who wish to take part in the news conference, callers within the United States can dial toll free: 1-888-282-9568; callers outside the United States can call the following toll number: 1-210-234-0005. All callers will be required to punch in passcode #4807081. Please notify Diane Banegas in advance at 703-292-4489 or if you plan to join the teleconference so there will be enough phone lines to accommodate everyone.

Supporting images and graphics will be available for download directly via the SciPak webpage ( from EurekAlert!'s password-protected section. Journalists may register at or phone 202-326-6440 to gain access to the embargoed SciPak. A digital recording of the news conference will be available. Details for accessing the file will be given during the conference.


Media Contacts
Diane Banegas, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-4489, email:
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:

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