IONA LECTURE SERIES
Where Arts & Sciences Meet Humanity
AN EVENING LECTURE & CONVERSATION
Professor Aparna Venkatesan, Ph.D.
Mandalas in Action:
Supernovae, Quantum Tunneling, and The Existence of Everything
Where do we really come from in the universe? Join me as I share my journey through my research in understanding the cosmic origin of many elements key for life like us. I will also summarize why quantum tunneling is essential for us to exist, how the lives and deaths of stars are like a mandala in action, and how we are a part of this grand story that is still unfolding today.
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON – FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Aparna Venkatesan is a cosmologist working on studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe. Aparna is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco, and a former NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She is the recipient of the USF Dean's Scholar Award, the USF Arthur Furst Award for excellence in research for the betterment of humanity, and the USF Jesuit Foundation grant. Aparna is deeply committed to increasing the participation and retention of underrepresented groups at all career stages in astronomy and the sciences, and active in Native American/indigenous education. Learn more about her work at: http://aparnavenkatesan.com/