Wednesday 18th November at 7pm, Dr Becky Smethurst will be giving the Caroline Herschel Prize Lecture. The lecture will be online and is entitled “Supermassive Black Holes: The Ultimate Galaxy Killers?”
Dr Becky was awarded the Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship earlier this year and we had been hoping she would be able to join us in Bath to give the talk in person. The show must go on so it’ll be online and tickets are to be issued by Eventbrite.
Dr Rebecca (Becky) Smethurst is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her research accomplishments include applying state-of-the-art statistical tools to dissect the evolutionary paths of galaxies in the Universe, using large datasets such as Galaxy Zoo and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. She has demonstrated that so-called `green valley’ galaxies, rather than being a homogeneous family, hide a variety of evolutionary paths and reveal how and when galaxies stop forming stars. She is an effective and enthusiastic science communicator, receiving recognition such as the Henrick de Waard Foundation lecturer in Groningen. Her weekly videos about physics and astronomy on her YouTube channel ‘Dr Becky’ have collected more than a hundred thousand subscribers. In those videos she conveys the nuts and bolts of cutting-edge research in a unique, modern, style, to great effect. Her appetite for communicating science is boundless.