Speakers

Dr. Anastasia Fialkov

University of Cambridge

Dr. Anastasia Fialkov is a lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge. Her research interests include dark matter and the primordial universe. Dr. Fialkov has extensive observational and computational research experience, having collaborated to create multiple cosmological simulations of the early universe. She is the recipient of the KAVLI Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, the NOVA Fellowship at Kapteyn University, the Kingsley Visiting Fellowship at Caltech, and the ITC Fellowship at Harvard University, among numerous other honours. She obtained her Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University.

Professor Marc Kamionkowski

Johns Hopkins University

Professor Marc Kamionkowski is a theoretical physicist and the current William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include dark matter, inflation, and gravitational waves. His work on dark matter and the cosmic microwave background have earned him the United States’ Department of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award in High Energy and Nuclear Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, among other honors. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1991.

Professor Miriam Diamond

University of Toronto

Professor Miriam Diamond is an Assistant Professor of astroparticle physics at the University of Toronto, and a faculty member of the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. Her research interests include dark matter and neutrinos, and her work on dark matter has recently earned her the 2020 Polanyi Prize in Physics. Professor Diamond is involved in several international collaborations in the search for dark matter, including MATHUSLA at CERN, SuperCDMS, and the Heavy Photon Search. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

Professor Jeremy Webb

University of Toronto

Professor Jeremy Webb is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the University of Toronto. His research interests include dark matter and star clusters. An experienced speaker, Professor Webb has given talks at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, as well as for the Dunlap Institute’s “Cosmos From your Couch” talk series. He is a recipient of the NSERC Postdoctoral fellowship and the American Museum of Natural History Collection Studies Grant, among other awards. Professor Webb received his Ph.D. at McMaster University in 2015. 

Professor A.W. Peet

University of Toronto

Professor A.W. Peet is a Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto. Their research interests include string theory and the quantum theory of gravity. Specifically, Professor Peet works to apply string theory to black holes. They also are an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. They are the 2017 recipient of the Terry Buckland Award for Diversity and Equity in Education and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, among other awards. Professor Peet received their Ph.D. at Stanford in 1994.

Professor Chris Impey

University of Arizona

Professor Chris Impey is a Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, as well as a popular author. His research interests include black holes and observational cosmology. As an author, he has published numerous pop science books, including The Living Cosmos — a non-fiction work about astrobiology — and How It Began: A Time Traveler’s Guide to the Universe, which covers what is known about the origins of a vast number of cosmological ‘objects’, ranging from the moon to the entire universe. Professor Impey was elected a Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society in 2020, among numerous other accolades and honors. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Jim Cline

Professor of Physics at McGill University

Professor Jim Cline is a Professor of Physics and part of the Theoretical High Energy Physics Group at McGill University. His research focuses on the particle physics/cosmology interface. Some of his recent interests include dark matter (DM) model-building, non-MSSM DM scenarios, direct detection of DM, and aspects of possible DM annihilation in the galaxy.

Alex Laguë

Astrophysics PhD student at the University of Toronto

Alex Laguë is a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto working at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and at the Dunlap Institute. His doctoral thesis is in the field of computational cosmology and involves the use of advanced computer algorithms and simulations to study new and promising dark matter candidates.

Katerina Benevides

Volunteer at York University's Allan I. Carswell Observatory

Katerina Isabel Benevides is a first-year undergraduate at the University of Toronto pursuing an Astronomy and Physics Specialist’s degree and a minor in Archaeology. She serves as Events Director of UofT’s Astronomy and Space Exploration Society, member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and one of the youngest volunteers at York University’s Allan I. Carswell Observatory. She was labelled one of the most outstanding graduates of 2020 at Leaside High School in Toronto and has an extensive passion for astrophotography, stellar astrophysics and physical cosmology. She works with the largest telescope on any Canadian university campus, the one-metre telescope, and is currently working on a space archaeology research project.

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