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Dr. Joel Parriott

Wednesday August 8, 2018

The New Vic Theater, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Dr. Joel Parriott has been the Director of Public Policy and Deputy Executive Officer at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) since 2012. He brought to the AAS a decade of experience at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he was responsible for overseeing the budgets of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science on behalf of the President. Prior to his service at OMB, Joel spent four years at the National Academies, where he staffed numerous high-level advisory committee studies on policy issues in physics and astronomy. He earned his doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Michigan.

Professor Andrea Ghez

Wednesday November 7, 2018

The New Vic Theater, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Andrea Ghez is a professor of astronomy at UCLA. From the highest and coldest mountaintop of Hawaii, home of the Keck Observatory telescopes, using bleeding-edge deep-space-scrying technology, Ghez handily confirmed 30 years of suspicions of what lies at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy -- a supermassive black hole, which sends its satellite stars spinning in orbits approaching the speed of light.

Ghez received a MacArthur "genius grant" in 2008 for her work in surmounting the limitations of earthbound telescopes. Early in her career, she developed a technique known as speckle imaging, which combined many short exposures from a telescope into one much-crisper image. Lately she's been using adaptive optics to further sharpen our view from here -- and compile evidence of young stars at the center of the universe.

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