Nadia Zakamska to Lecture on Black Holes and the Birth of Galaxies at Institute for Advanced Study

TODAY: Nadia Zakamska to Lecture on Black Holes and Galaxies

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Nadia Zakamska, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a former Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, will return to the Institute to give a public lecture reporting on the latest developments in the study of the relationship between supermassive black holes and galaxies. “Gone with the Wind: Black Holes and Their Gusty Influence on the Birth of Galaxies” will take place Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).

Zakamska, a Long-term Member in the School of Natural Sciences from 2005–10, is an astrophysicist whose research focuses on the evolution of galaxies and black holes. Galaxies are the visible building blocks of the Universe, astrophysical laboratories that have profoundly informed our knowledge of cosmology and nature. Black holes—once a bizarre mathematical consequence of Einstein’s relativity theory—are now mainstream astronomy, thanks to studies of the centers of nearby galaxies in which these exotic objects are routinely found. Galaxies and black holes form together under the influence of gravity, until the powerful winds fueled by black hole growth snuff out the candle of star formation.

Zakamska’s talk will include a comprehensive description of galaxy formation and will highlight recent observational and theoretical work that brings new insight into the complex interrelationship between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies.

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