Kate Otto, Program ChairOur speaker for the November 13 meeting will be Renée Hlozek, a Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow in the Astrophysical Sciences Department at Princeton University.
In her talk entitled “The Cosmic Shopping List: Constituents and Symmetries in the Universe”, she will discuss how observations of the universe fit into our larger understanding of the universe on many different levels – from the very small to the largest scales.
Before moving to Princeton, Renée completed her DPhil in Astrophysics at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Originally from South Africa, she grew up and studied in both Pretoria and Cape Town, and was recently named in the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans list for 2012.
Her research focuses on theoretical and observational cosmology, where she analyzes data from telescopes such as the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile in order to understand the initial conditions of the universe.
We are really looking forward to hearing from this Rising Star! More about Renée can be found on her website