UA Science Café at Magpies Gourmet Pizza – 'Seeing Back in Time: How Gravity Bends Light to Create a Natural Telescope in Space'
Presenter: Brenda Frye, assistant professor and assistant astronomer, UA Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory
Talk: "Seeing Back in Time: How Gravity Bends Light to Create a Natural Telescope in Space"
Historic researcher: Vera Rubin
Gravity can bend light, just like a lens. This phenomenon is called "gravitational lensing." When astronomers analyze light from distant stars and galaxies, they can use gravitational lensing to magnify the galaxy image sizes, rather like looking through a microscope. In this Café, Frye will talk about her research that uses gravitational lensing to understand how galaxies – like our own Milky Way galaxy – form, grow, and evolve. In addition, Frye will talk about the research of pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, who made major discoveries that were not fully appreciated during her lifetime.
Science Café at Magpies Gourmet Pizza series: "Women in Science: From Pioneers to the Present"
Women have done groundbreaking research in many fields of science. However, in the past they did not always receive the recognition they deserved. Fortunately, women have pushed hard for equality, and social norms in the United States have shifted. Today, female researchers do outstanding work in every field of science, and their contributions rank on an equal footing with male researchers. This series features leading female researchers from the University of Arizona, women who work in a range of different fields. Each presenter will also reference a female researcher who came before them in their field, women who pioneered the way at a time when few women were able to pursue a career in scientific research.
About Science Cafés: Science Cafés, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate café series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.