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Astronomers host Dr Tamara Davis


IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday 22 August 2014

The Horowhenua Astronomical Society is delighted to be hosting Dr Tamara Davis, a distinguished astronomer from the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Davis will be in New Zealand speaking at six locations as part of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand 2014 Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture series and Levin has been chosen to host one of them.
Dr Davis is a cosmologist who spends her time investigating why the expansion of the universe is accelerating and was part of the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey, which made one of the largest ever maps of galaxies in the universe using supernovae to measure the properties of "dark energy". Dr Davis is an avid science communicator with a knack for turning complex concepts into everyday language. She enjoys making science accessible to the public and regularly gives popular talks of this nature. She will also address students at Waiopehu College while she is here.

The details of the public talk are as follows:
Title: “Cosmological Confusion”
Date and Time: Monday September 22nd, at 7:00 pm
Venue: School Hall, Waiopehu College, Bartholomew Road, Levin 5540

Admission is by a Gold Coin Donation.

Despite her relative youth she is already in the top 1% of most highly cited astrophysicists in the world. She has received many honours including the 2009 Louise Webster award from the Astronomical Society of Australia and, in the same year, she received the L’Oréal Women in Science award for Australia. She was named the Australian Institute of Physics’ 2011 Women-in-Physics Lecturer.

HASI President, Steve Chadwick, said “following the success of the visit by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell in June it is tremendous for our area again to attract a top flight astrophysicist. This young woman is at the sharp end of her research speciality and is an excellent, engaging communicator with the gift of making advanced science relevant to young inquisitive minds”.

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