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Golden Webinars – Robert C. Kennicutt Jr. – "The Cosmic Ecosystem"



The ‘Golden Webinars in Astrophysics’ series seeks to bring forefront research in astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology to the public in the English and Spanish language. Our speaker of the Golden Webinar on October 16th, 2020 was Robert C. Kennicutt Jr.. The full title of the talk was “The Cosmic Ecosystem: Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution Through the Lens of a Scaling Law – ‘Isn’t Star Formation a Bit Like the Weather?'”

[08:00] – beginning of the presentation
[1:11:35] – beginning of the Q&A

Dr. Kennicutt’s research is focused on observations of galaxies and understanding their formation and evolution. He has developed a broad suite of multi-wavelength methods for measuring the star formation rates and properties of galaxies, which can be applied over a wide range of galaxy types, environments, and cosmic look-back times. He also has studied the relationships between star formation and the physical properties of the interstellar medium, and characterized the large-scale chemical abundance properties of present-day galaxies. Although he was trained as an optical observer, his work now exploits observations from across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. He has led large international collaborations using the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Herschel Space Observatory, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, and the Hubble Space Telescope. For his fundamental contributions he received the Gruber Prize in 2009. He currently serves as the co-chair for the Astro2020 decadal survey that prioritizes the most important scientific and technological activities in astronomy and astrophysics for the next decade.

The panel of the October 16th, 2020 ‘Golden Webinar’ consisted of:
• Rob Kennicutt – speaker
• Patricio Gonzalez (patricio.gonzalez.interprete@gmail.com) – Interpreter
• Thomas H. Puzia – co-host, faculty at IA
• Evelyn Johnston – co-host, fellow at IA
• Felipe Barrientos – director of the Institute of Astrophysics
• Paul Eigenthaler – postdoctoral researcher at IA
• Francisca Espinoza – graduate student at IA
• Sergio Best – graduate student at IA
• Alvaro Valenzuela – graduate student at IA
• Mia de los Reyes – graduate student at the Department of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology
• Rohan Rahatgaonkar – recent graduate student from the University of Toledo and Intern at Gemini Observatory
• Elena Terlevich – faculty at National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE), Puebla, Mexico
• Monica Rubio – professor at the Department of Astronomy of Universidad de Chile
• Mario Abadi – astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of the National University of Cordoba, Argentina
• Hans Zinnecker – astronomer emeritus, ex-deputy director of the SOFIA Science Center at NASA Ames
• Ricardo Acevedo – Q&A manager, outreach team IA
• Daniela Fernandez – Q&A manager, outreach team IA
• Carol Rojas – Q&A manager, head of outreach Las Campanas Observatory

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