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Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 12-1PM - A Star is Born - A UCSD/SDSU Astrophysics Colloquium with Prof. Nia Imara

Event location: CASS Marlar Room, SERF 383 (Science and Engineering Research Facility); Zoom participants welcome at this link

Professor Nia Imara will be speaking about her ongoing research on star formation and the ISM (Interstellar Medium). Check out her talk abstract below and some recommended readings. Sponsored by the ARMS committee of SPS, CASS, and UCSD's Department of Physics.


Abstract: A Star is Born (by Dr. Nia Imara)

The birth of stars is one of the most complex problems challenging modern astrophysics. Understanding their origins is of fundamental importance to many areas of astronomy, from exoplanet studies to cosmology. While the study of the initial conditions of star formation in molecular clouds has accelerated during the past couple of decades, at the same time, new data and discoveries have exposed new mysteries regarding the birth of stars. In this talk, I will outline the current state of our understanding of stellar nurseries and present some innovative approaches toward advancing our knowledge of these environments in the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond.  With an eye toward the future, I will highlight some breakthroughs that have been achieved—as well as those we would like to achieve—in our journey to unravel the mysteries of star birth.

Some recommended readings:

  • Imara, N., & Faesi, C. M. (2019). ALMA Observations of Giant Molecular Clouds in the Starburst Dwarf Galaxy Henize 2-10. The Astrophysical Journal, 876(2), 141
  • Imara, N., Forbes, J.C., & Weaver, J.C. (2021). Touching the Stars: Using High-resolution 3D Printing to Visualize Stellar Nurseries” Astrophysical Journal. Letters, 918(1),L3


Thursday, May 4, 2023, 12:30-2PM - The Power of Pictures - An ARMS-BSP Symposium with Prof. Nia Imara

Event location: NSB Auditorium (Natural Sciences Building). Zoom participants welcome at this link

Professor Nia Imara will be sharing a thirty minute presentation focusing on black art and touching on the intersection of art and science. Questions and discussion will follow her presentation, after which refreshments will be available.  



Itinerary graphic for May 4 symposium event