Astronomers journey to some of the most inaccessible parts of the globe while handling equipment worth millions. It is a life of unique delights and absurdities, and one that may be drawing to a close. Soon it will be the robots, not humans, gazing at the sky while we are left to sift through the data.


In this talk, Emily Levesque reveals the hidden world of the professional astronomer. She celebrates an era of ingenuity and curiosity, and asks us to think twice before we cast aside our sense of wonder at the universe.


 


 


Emily Levesque is a professor in the University of Washington’s astronomy department. Her research program is focused on improving our overall understanding of how massive stars evolve and die. 


Her first popular science book, The Last Stargazers, shares the tales and experiences of astronomical observing and comes out on August 4th, 2020! She has also written two academic books: a professional text on red supergiants and a graduate textbook on stellar interiors and evolution written with co-author Henny J. G. L. M. Lamers.


Emily is the recipient of the 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce prize and the 2014 Annie Jump Cannon award from the American Astronomical Society. She is a 2019 Cottrell Scholar and a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. From 2010 to 2015 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her astronomy PhD at University of Hawaii in 2010 and her S.B. in physics from MIT in 2006.


 


 


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm.


If you miss the live stream, it will be available to watch on WebinarJam for the following 72 hours.