Massey Dialogues: The Stars are Aligned, the Future of Astrophysics
Join us as we hear from incoming Director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Dr. Juna Kollmeier, Junior Fellows Martine Lokken and Aarya Patil about current research, the future of astrophysics and women in the STEM fields.
Aarya PatilAarya Patil is a PhD candidate in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She has been a Junior Fellow at Massey College since 2018. Previously, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University in India. Her research lies at the intersection of astrophysics, computer science and statistics. She performs large-scale data driven studies to understand how the Milky Way galaxy formed and evolved. She is an avid open source developer, and is a mentor for the OpenAstronomy organisation under the Google Summer of Code 2021 program. She volunteers with the Teach for India organisation, and is passionate about equity & diversity in education.
Juna Kollmeierincoming Director of CITA and the Director of SDSS-VJuna Kollmeier is the incoming Director of CITA and the Director of SDSS-V, an unprecedented panoptic spectroscopic survey that will yield optical and infrared spectra of over 6 million objects. Her research is primarily focused on the emergence of structure in the universe. She combines cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and analytic theory to figure out how the tiny fluctuations in density that were present when the universe was only 300,000 years old, become the galaxies and black holes that we see now, after 14 billion years of cosmic evolution. Kollmeier received a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology (2000) and a Ph.D in astronomy from The Ohio State University (2006). She was a Hubble and Carnegie-Princeton Fellow before founding the Theory program at the Carnegie Observatories in 2008. She is the 2022 Solvay International Chair in Physics.
Martine LokkenMartine Lokken is a third year PhD candidate in Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She is fascinated by the large-scale structure of the universe, and seeks to answer the question: how can the web-like network of galaxies and dark matter help us solve the major outstanding mysteries in cosmology? Currently, she studies the hot gas in superclusters, the largest structures in the universe, by comparing observational data with simulations. In her thesis, she intends to combine data from gas, galaxies, and dark matter in new ways to test different models of dark energy.
Nathalie Des RosiersPrincipal, Massey CollegeNathalie Des Rosiers is the Principal of Massey College. From 2016-2019, she was MPP representing the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. She was Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry from January to June 2018. Prior to politics, she was the Dean of Law, Common Law at the University of Ottawa (2013-2016), General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (2009-2013), Vice-President, Governance , University of Ottawa (2008-2009), Dean of Law, Civil Law (2004-2008) and President of the LAW Commission of Canada (2000-2004). With Peter Oliver and Patrick Macklem, she co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Canadian Constitutional Law (2017). She also wrote with Louise Langevin and Marie-Pier Nadeau, L’indemnisation des victimes de violence sexuelle et conjugale (Prix Walter Owen, 2014). She has received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, honorary doctorates from Université UCL (Belgium) and the Law Society of Ontario, le Prix Christine Tourigny (Barreau du Québec) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.