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Astronomy Lecture

Astronomy Lecture

Cosmic Explosions from Supermassive Black Holes and the Origin of the Galaxies

Join us on Tuesday, August 19, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Johnson Family Star Theater for our free astronomy lecture by Dr. Brian McNamara from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Learn about his research on galaxies and clusters of galaxies. He studies how they form and evolve under the influence of powerful radio jets launched by supermassive black holes. His most recent work involves making measurements with the earth-orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory and the newly commissioned Atacama Large Millimeter Array, which is the most powerful telescope ever built. He is on the Science team of the ASTRO-H X-ray observatory that will be launched by Japan late in 2015.

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Dr. Brian McNamara serves as director of the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute, which is the largest graduate program in physics & astronomy in Canada.  He is an Affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and visiting member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  After receiving a PhD at the University of Virginia in 1991, McNamara took a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kapteyn Laboratory in Groningen, The Netherlands.  From 1993 to 2000 he was a staff member at the Chandra X-ray Center and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  From 2000 to 2006, McNamara was a professor at Ohio University.  Since 2006 he has taught physics and astronomy at at the University of Waterloo, where he remains today.  

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