Emerging Research Speaker Series
This event is co-hosted by UCLA Staff Assembly, Academic Senate and Campus Human Resources to foster community between UCLA Faculty and Staff.
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Time: 3:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Location: Faculty Center, California Room
Space is limited. RSVP required.
Professor Andrea Ghez
Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA
Unveiling the Heart of Our Galaxy
Over the last two decades Professor Andrea Ghez and her team has used the world's most powerful telescopes and next-generation imaging technology to peer into the galaxy with more resolving power than ever before. By studying the motions of stars, Professor Ghez provides the best evidence that supermassive black holes exist, challenging our knowledge of fundamental physics. In the near future, she hopes to test Einstein's theory of relativity, as well as theories of galaxy formation and evolution—daring time-honored hypotheses.
Biography of Presentor:
Andrea Ghez, a UCLA faculty member since 1994 and a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy, is one of the world's leading experts in observational astrophysics, whose work on the center of our Galaxy has provided the best evidence that supermassive black holes exist, challenging our knowledge of fundamental physics.
Professor Ghez is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the 2012 Crafoord Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, election to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, along with many other professional accolades.