The World Above the Tetons Speaker Series

Through its daily work, Wyoming Stargazing is proud to carry on the longstanding local traditions of scientific inquiry and education as a means to a richer, more meaningful life here in the Tetons. Please join Wyoming Stargazing for an incredible line-up of experts on space exploration who will share their research and answer our most pressing questions about “The World Above the Tetons.”

2021 Featured Speakers

This year’s Speaker Series will focus on upcoming telescopes and discoveries that are likely to change our understanding of the Cosmos. We’ll have presenters who are working on the development of those telescopes and breakthrough discoveries to share their hopes and dreams of what’s ahead.

Dr. Suzanne Ramsay

The Largest Optical Telescope in the Making: The European Extremely Large Telescope

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
11:00am-12:30pm MT

Dr. Suzanne Ramsay is an astronomer specializing in the development of instruments for large, ground-based, optical and infrared telescopes. She currently has a lead role in developing the instrument plans for the aptly named “European Extremely Large Telescope”. This involves understanding the scientific goals that astronomers have for the new telescope,  interpreting the requirements of the instruments, and working with builders to develop the designs. A highlight of my job is working in multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to achieve this. Each new astronomical instrument she helps design is typically one-of-a-kind, stretching the limits of what scientists can build, to provide astronomers with an innovative new tool to explore the Universe in a revolutionary way.

Dr. Michela Negro

Fermi – Large Area Telescope: Telescopes in the Era of Multimessenger Astrophysics

Friday, June 18th, 2021
7:00pm-8:30pm MT

In 2013 Michela Negro was awarded a fellowship to spend the summer working at SLAC National Laboratories, in California, were she “met” Fermi (the NASA mission) for the first time. After graduating from the Università degli Study di Torino (Italy) in 2014 she worked for Thales Alenia Space (Torino), an aerospace manufacturer specializing in the space industry. She then returned to her alma mater to continue working on Fermi data analysis, receiving her Ph.D. in 2019. Currently she is a Postdoc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, focusing on gamma-ray astrophysics in a multi-messenger context: studying the gamma-ray emission in combination with other particles (or cosmic “messengers”) which enable us to unveil some of the long-standing mysteries of our Universe.

Dr. Anna Franckowiak

IceCube & ZTF : Discoveries from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory & the Zwicky Transient Facility

Sunday, July 11th, 2021
10:00am-11:30am MT

During her PhD within the IceCube Collaboration, Dr. Franckowiak worked on probing the connection of jets, Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts using TeV neutrinos. As a postdoc at the SLAC National Linear Accelerator Laboratory she studied the morphology and the spectrum of the Fermi bubbles and searched for gamma-ray emission from Type IIn supernovae using Fermi-LAT data as a member of the Fermi-LAT Collaboration.

Starting in January 2017 she began leading a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at DESY Zeuthen and since October 2020 she has served as a professor for multi-wavelength astronomy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). Since 2019, she has served as the IceCube analysis coordinator and the multi-messenger co-coordinator of the Zwicky Transient Facility.

Dr. Duilia de Mello

Deep Images of Mergers (DIM) : Doing Science from Your “Backyard”

Saturday, August 7th, 2021
7:00pm-8:30pm MT

Duilia de Mello, PhD, is an astronomer, vice provost of Global Strategies of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she is a professor of physics. A native of Brazil, she came to the United States as a postdoctoral fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute in 1997. Her PhD is from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), her MS degrees are from the Brazilian Institute of Space Research and the University of Alabama, and her BS degree in astronomy is from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. 

De Mello’s area of research is extragalactic astrophysics. Most recently, De Mello assembled a team of astrophotographers to take dozens of exposures of lenticular galaxies in the Deep Images of Mergers (DIM) project. By using telescopes across Brazil, Chile, USA and Israel, the DIM project aims to reveal optical shells or ripples that might have had a merger with other galaxies in the past.

Admission is free, but we greatly appreciate donations. We’ll still have “virtual door” prizes for everyone who attends. You can also purchase raffle tickets to win an astrophotography print.

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These programs were made possible through generous support from the Wyoming Humanities’ Cultural CARES grant as well as through the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.

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