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Join us tonight to hear Becky and Aprajita talk about galaxies and supermassive black holes, and how the public's own research contributed to Becky's thesis!
Galaxy Zoo: from the lab to your living room
Dr Becky Smethurst (Research Fellow)
Becky is an astrophysicist researching the effects of supermassive black holes on their host galaxies. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Oxford, where she used the public’s classifications of the shapes of galaxies from the online citizen science project Galaxy Zoo in order to write her thesis on galaxy evolution. She recently completed a research fellowship at the University of Nottingham where she also started presenting videos for the science interest YouTube channels Sixty Symbols and Deep Sky Objects.
Imagine a galaxy behind another galaxy....
Dr Aprajita Verma (Senior Researcher: ELT, Astrophysics & Obs Cosmolog)
...think you won't see it? Think again! Aprajita is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford and is the Project Scientist for the UK Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Programme. Her research interests cover a wide range of extragalactic topics, including star formation and black holes. She co-founded ‘Space Warps’, the Zooniverse Citizen Science project to find gravitational lenses and is co-chair of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Strong Lensing Science Collaboration. Aprajita has been interviewed for features in the press, television and radio.