Lecture Video Library
- Dr. Steve Vogt, UCSC Faculty Research Lecture, February 2012
- Dr. Richard Ellis, NEXSI Distinguished Visitor, October 2011
- Dr. Puragra Guhathakurta, UCSC Astronomer at Google Tech Talks, December 2011
- Video Link: "Across a Sea of Suns: Charting Distant Worlds, Other Earths"
Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, the 46th annual UCSC Faculty Research Lecture, February 2012
The annual Faculty Research Lecture is the foremost academic research honor bestowed by the UCSC Academic Senate. It was given to Vogt in recognition of his extraordinary research accomplishments.
About Richard Ellis, Steele Professor of Astronomy at Caltech; (excerpt from From Royal Astronomical Society's citation as a recipeint of the Royal Astronomical Society's highest honor -- their Gold Medal.)
During his career, Richard Ellis has played a key role in cosmology and astronomical instrumentation. In the 1990s he used the Hubble Space Telescope to solve the 'faint blue galaxy' problem, identifying the transformation of irregular galaxies into more quiescent systems. Since then he has made major progress in understanding why galaxies are grouped into the 'Hubble sequence' and in recent years has used gravitational lensing to find some of the most distant objects in the universe, with redshifts from 6 to 10. Richard is the co-author of 340 refereed papers receiving more than 41000 citations, with three of his papers each having more than 1000 citations, giving him a publication record of immense stature. With all-round vision, science leadership and a rich legacy of contributions to cosmology.
The lecture "Our Place in the Cosmos" explains how we (and, for that matter, all complex life forms) are connected to the Universe around us. This connection relies on the fact that our Milky Way and other galaxies like it play host to cosmic recycling processes that involve the formation of stars and their planetary systems inside nebulae (dense gas/dust clouds), nuclear fusion reactions that occur within stars, and the death of massive stars in explosions known as supernovae.