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Brian Schmidt (left), now a distinguished professor at the Australian National University, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for determining that the universe's expansion was accelerating. His return to campus is a homecoming — he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard and called it "arguably the best time of my life."

The fast-firing universe

Nobel laureate Schmidt, who’ll deliver Loeb and Lee lectures, will discuss rapid expansion he helped to prove, and what’s next