Thursday, October 26, 2017
Most of us stick to tools and methods we are already familiar with to get the job done. That was never the case for legendary UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez, who in 1983 began using an experimental instrument known as a Speckle imager. Her use and improvement of that technology helped her discover how binary stars form, but it was her pioneering use of another new tech—adaptive optics—that lead her to make one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of our time: proving the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. That discovery, in turn, may soon rewrite our understanding of how gravity works. Join Professor Ghez for a fascinating talk about how innovating new technology led her on an incredible voyage of discovery that has changed our understanding of the universe—and how you, too, can venture to places in your work you never thought possible.