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. Lauren Corlies

Introducing the Vera C. Rubin Observatory: The Universe in Action Coming Soon

Friday, March 12th, 2021
7:00pm-8:30pm MT

Lauren brings her astronomy expertise as Deputy Director of Education & Public Outreach (EPO) to the Vera Rubin Observatory.  Her many roles include contributing to the design of educational online notebooks and to written features throughout the website, curating content for the Skyviewer and science pages, overseeing support for citizen science PIs, liaising with members of LSST Science Collaborations, and assuring the scientific validity of EPO deliverables. She recently completed a postdoc position at John Hopkins after receiving her PhD from Columbia. Her research has focused in general on the analysis of cosmological simulations and in particular on trying to understand the role and importance of the circumgalactic medium in galaxy evolution through simulated predictions of emission.

Dr. Aki Roberge

Toward Earth 2.0: Exoplanets and Future Space Telescopes

Friday, April 9th, 2021
7:00pm-8:30pm MT

Dr. Aki Roberge is a research astrophysicist in the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She received her MS in Physics at John Hopkins University before receiving her PhD there as well in Astrophysics. Her research focuses on 1) observations of planet-forming disks around nearby young stars and 2) development of future space observatories to observe exoplanets. She is currently working on NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope and the LUVOIR mission concept. In 2020, she received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for her work on LUVOIR. She was a member of NASA’s 2013 Visionary Astrophysics Roadmap Team and recently served on the NASA Planetary Science Advisory Committee.

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.

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.

Thank you to our Speakers Series Sponsors!

We cannot make our Speaker Series happen without the help of our generous sponsors. Sponsorship levels begin at $100! To become a sponsor or to learn more, contact our Executive Director, Samuel Singer, at for more information. Click here to view our Sponsorship Level flyer.

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