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City Club Webinar with Dr. John Mulchaey
October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The San Marino City Club is pleased to feature Dr. John Mulchaey, Director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, as the speaker for the San Marino City Club’s October 20, 2020 virtual meeting at 7:00 pm.
Dr. Mulchaey will discuss how Pasadena has become the world’s leading center of astronomy today, and the role of the Carnegie Observatories, “where the universe was discovered,” in this preeminent stature. Dr. Mulchaey’s talk will also highlight recent findings about the evolution of the cosmos, galaxy and star formation, dark matter, black holes, and much more. The lecture will provide new insight into today’s “golden age” of astronomy and the promise it holds for understanding our Universe.
Dr. John S. Mulchaey is Director and Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair at The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Pasadena’s oldest scientific establishment. Founded in 1904, Carnegie Observatories is world-renowned today for its research linked to virtually every discovery in modern astronomy.
Dr. Mulchaey earned his B.S. in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Maryland. He was a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the scientific staff in 1999, and served as Associate Director for Academic Affairs before being named The Observatories’ 11th Director in 2015. Today, Mulchaey oversees Carnegie’s campus in Pasadena as well as The Observatories’ large-telescopes facility in Las Campanas, Chile. He is also on the board for the Giant Magellan Telescope, a next-generation telescope being designed in Pasadena.
Dr. Mulchaey’s research focuses on a range of key astronomical issues, including dark matter and black holes. In 1993, he led the team that discovered large amounts of dark matter in the local universe, findings that received front-page coverage in The New York Times and a feature in Time magazine. In 2016, Mulchaey appeared in the press as part of the team that identified a mysterious fast radio burst for the first time. He is also a frequent consultant to NASA and the National Science Foundation.
In addition to his research, Mulchaey is actively involved in public outreach and educational activities throughout Los Angeles. He created the annual Carnegie Observatories Astronomy Lectures, a popular series held each spring at The Huntington Library. He also hosts astronomy nights at many schools and civic organizations. He secured funding for the creation of science rooms at three local elementary schools, and founded a program for gifted high school science students. In October 2019, he was featured in “Discovering the Universe,” an episode of the KCET/SoCal Public Television series LOST LA.
Guests are welcome to attend this virtual event for $15.00 ($10.00 for children) payable prior to the start of the program by check or credit card. City Club members may RSVP below, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (626) 765-4411 and leaving a message with the member’s name and the full name of any guest whom the member wishes to invite. All registrants will receive an email with the Zoom Meeting information and password. For more information on this event, please visit the City Club’s website at www.sanmarinocityclub.org.