General Meeting: March 2021

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by Professor Lisa Kewley. Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3D, ARC Laureate Fellow, Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Australian National University.

Summary: In this free Public Lecture, Prof. Lisa Kewley will describe recent discoveries about the evolution of galaxies made in ASTRO 3D, as well as providing an update on ambitious equity and diversity programs, and nationwide education and public outreach programs. Lisa was raised in South Australia. Her parents encouraged engagement with the sciences and she was influenced by a high school physics teacher, and participation at a school stargazing camp, to become interested in Astronomy.

About ASTRO 3D: The ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) is a $40m Centre of Excellence, which is producing a comprehensive picture of the build up of mass, angular momentum, and the chemical elements from the first stars, to (and including) the Milky Way. Our surveys include the measurement of the power spectrum at the Epoch of Reionization with the Murchison Widefield Array, large atomic hydrogen surveys with the Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, the ongoing Australian optical integral field surveys of 10^5 galaxies, a large galaxy evolution program combining HST, Keck, and ESO spectroscopy of galaxies from z=6 to z=0.5, and a major Australian Galactic Archaeology program to track the chemical history and accretion history of our Milky Way through the GAIA satellite and the HERMES instrument on the Anglo Australian Telescope.

Bio: Lisa Kewley is a Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow at the Australian National University. Kewley obtained her PhD in 2002 from the Australian National University on the connection between star-formation and supermassive black holes in infrared galaxies. Prof. Kewley received a CfA fellowship Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where she worked on the star formation and chemical properties of nearby galaxies. In 2004, Prof. Kewley received a NASA Hubble Fellowship which she took to the University of Hawaii. There, she used the Keck and Subaru telescopes on Mauna Kea to understand the star formation and chemical abundances in galaxies in the distant universe. Kewley is an established world leader in the theoretical modelling and observation of star-forming and active galaxies. Her seminal contributions include understanding the gas physics in star-forming galaxies, understanding galaxies containing actively accreting supermassive black holes, and tracing the star-formation and oxygen history of galaxies over the past 12 billion years. Kewley’s most recent research combines stellar evolution and photoionisation models with 3D integral field spectroscopy to understand the physical processes that transform galaxies.


The Mary Emma Greayer Group

by Erin Carnie-Bronca, Coordinator MEG Group

The Society has formed a new group to encourage and support the participation of women in Astronomy. The group will be coordinated by Erin Carnie-Bronca and will be officially launched at the 3 March 2021 ASSA General Meeting. Please come along to show your support and to find out how you can be involved in the Mary Emma Greayer Group.

Mary Emma Greayer was one of the first women to join the Astronomical Society of South Australia. She worked at the Adelaide Observatory cataloguing stars and calibrating instruments. The ASSA has had active female members since 1893, 1 year after the Society was formed. However, more than 100 years later, female membership and participation are low within the Society.

The Mary Emma Greayer Group (MEG) has been formed to support greater participation of female members, particularly younger women, within ASSA, by creating a support group where women can gain and grow their astronomical knowledge, skills and confidence in an environment not dominated by men.

Come along and find out how you can be involved in the Mary Emma Greayer Group.

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Wednesday 03 Mar 2021

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Braggs Lecture Theatre (University of Adelaide) and Online University of Adelaide



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