Next in Science: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Next in Science: Astronomy and Astrophysics

The "Next in Science" series provides an opportunity for early-career scientists whose innovative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the greater Boston area.

The focus of this year’s program will be on frontiers in astronomy and astrophysics. Scholars will discuss new interdisciplinary research on what the structure of the universe tells us about particle interactions, gravitational waves from circling black holes, magnetic fields in intergalactic space, and the possibility of life on exoplanets.

Free and open to the public.

Program Agenda

1 p.m.
Introduction, John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute, and Donner Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

1:15 p.m.
Cora Dvorkin, Assistant Professor of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
“Deciphering the Early Universe: Connecting Theory with Observations”

1:45 p.m. 
Salvatore Vitale, Research Scientist, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gravitational Waves*
*But Were Afraid to Ask”

2:15 p.m. 
Q&A with Dvorkin and Vitale

2:35 p.m. 

3 p.m.
Blakesley Burkhart, Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
“Galaxies as Star Forming Engines: Simulating the Turbulent Birth of Stars”

3:30 p.m.
Sarah Rugheimer, Simons Origins of Life Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
“How to Detect Life on Another Planet”

4 p.m. 
Q&A with Burkhart and Rugheimer

4:20 p.m. 
Conclusion, John Huth

4:30 p.m.