IONA LECTURE SERIES
Where Arts & Science Meet Humanity
Mandalas in Action:
Supernovae, Quantum Tunneling, and The Existence of Everything
An Evening Lecture and Conversation with
Prof. Aparna Venkatesan, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 pm
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.
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/