Conversation With 2020 Nobel Prize Winner UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez

Tue 5/4 • 8PM - 9PM PDT

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Join the UCLA Alumni Hawaii Network for a talk with 2020 Nobel Laureate Andrea Ghez, Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics, and Director of UCLA Galactic Center Group.

Through the capture and analysis of twenty years of high-resolution imaging, the UCLA Galactic Center Group has moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy from a possibility to a certainty. This was made possible with the first measurements of stellar orbits around a galactic nucleus. Further advances in state-of-the-art high-resolution imaging technology on the world’s largest telescopes have greatly expanded the power of using stellar orbits to study black holes. This work is providing insight into how black holes grow and the role that they play in regulating the growth of their host galaxies. New measurements of stellar orbits at the Galactic Center hold the promise of improving our understanding of gravity through the tests of Einstein Theory of General Relativity in an unexplored regime.

This event will also include remarks and Q&A with Devin Chu. Devin grew up in Hilo, Hawaii and graduated from Hilo High School. He then went to Dartmouth College where he earned a degree in Physics and Astronomy. He most recently received his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from UCLA under the supervision of Professors Andrea Ghez and Tuan Do as a member of the UCLA Galactic Center Group. He is now a Keck All-sky Precision Adaptive Optics (KAPA) postdoctoral scholar at UCLA.

Tuesday, May 4
5 p.m. HST | 8 p.m. PDT

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