The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Cosmic Tremors—The Quest for Colliding Black Holes

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, in a talk about one of the most mysterious phenomena in the universe: black holes.

In February 2016, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) collaboration detected the collision of two black holes from the tremor they generated in space time, making black holes real and proving that Einstein was right yet again! In her talk, Dr. Natarajan will trace the history of the idea of black holes and will present our evolving understanding of how they form and grow.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan is a Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe exploiting the bending of light en-route to us from distant galaxies. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter.

In addition to her academic position at Yale, she also currently holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship of the Dark Cosmology Center, Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has been recently elected to an Honorary Professorship for life at the University of Delhi, India.

She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the academic year (2010 - 2011), during which she was also a JILA Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a visiting professor at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She was enrolled as a graduate student in the Spring (2011) at the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT. She was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy during May-June 2011. In 2008-2009, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and held the Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellowship.

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