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Tzavta - Monday June 27th
Mon, 27 June 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM MDT
Tzavta' - The Hebrew word for the act of sitting together
We invite you to our monthly cultural dinner and salon spotlighting the creative drivers behind the scenes who make art happen. The meal for each conversation is curated, inspired by the topic of the evening, the speaker's influences, heritage or taste.
In our June Salon we are honored to host Dr. Michael Landry, the Detection Lead Scientist of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Hanford, Washington, and a physicist with the California Institute of Technology, for a talk about the discovery of gravitational waves. Arguably the astrophysical discovery of the century, and almost a hundred years after Einstein theorized the existence of gravitational waves, “the ringing sounds of spacetime generated by astrophysical calamities” the LIGO instruments recorded the sound of two black holes colliding 1.4 billion light-years away.
Dr Clifton Cunningham, from the department of mathematics and statistics at the university of Calgary will be the interviewer.
Dr. Michael Landry Bio
Michael Landry is Detection Lead Scientist with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Hanford, Washington, and a physicist with the California Institute of Technology. Michael began work in the field of gravitational wave physics as a postdoc with Caltech in 2000, stationed at the LIGO Hanford Observatory, and has remained there as a scientist since that time. Prior to 2000, he did his B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Calgary, and Ph.D. in strange quark physics at the University of Manitoba, with experiments at TRIUMF (Vancouver) and Brookhaven National Lab (New York).
Michael has worked on a broad variety of aspects of the LIGO experiment, including interferometer commissioning at the Hanford site, and data analyses in the search for gravitational waves from spinning pulsars and neutron stars. From 2010 to 2015, he led the installation of the Advanced LIGO detector at Hanford. This collaborative work, done by two worldwide collections of scientists totaling a thousand people (the LIGO Scientific and Virgo Collaborations), culminated in the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger, announced Feb 11, 2016.
Dr. Clifton Cunningham Bio
Clifton Cunningham received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1997. After a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts and a visiting position at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, he moved to the University of Calgary in 2000 where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has also held visiting positions at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France). Dr. Cunningham was the Calgary Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences from 2008 to 2015 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mathematical Society. Dr. Cunningham's research brings techniques from arithmetic geometry to bear on open problems in the Langlands programme, which is a modern mathematical research agenda blending group representation theory and number theory, with many connections to physics. Dr. Cunningham also brings modern mathematical ideas to his outreach activities, including his work with Beakerhead, mathcamps for high school students, and mathematical fiction.