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Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jo Bovy

5 Jan 2020, 18:33 UTC
Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jo Bovy
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In this series of posts, we sit down with a few of the keynote speakers of the 235th AAS meeting to learn more about them and their research. You can see a full schedule of their talks here, and read our other interviews here!

Prof. Jo Bovy from the University of Toronto
To extragalactic astronomers, the Milky Way can seem like a boring place, especially compared to its flashier cousins like starbursts and quasars. But over the last decade, as we’ve measured the motions of stars in the Milky Way with greater precision, it’s become increasingly apparent that our galaxy is an extraordinarily complex environment, and that we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of the field of galactic dynamics.No one knows this better than Prof. Jo Bovy. Bovy, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Galactic Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, is the 2020 winner of the Helen B. Warner Prize, awarded “for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy.” He will discuss his work at #AAS235 with his keynote lecture “Not Your Grandparents’ Galaxy: The Milky Way in the Era of Large Surveys.”As his talk title suggests, Bovy studies the Milky Way using datasets from ...

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