Insight from the Milky Way
2017-18 CUSP Distinguished Speaker Series
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
We live within the Milky Way galaxy and this provides us with a unique view. The band of light in the night sky represents the disk of stars that we live within. Gas fills the space between the stars and represents the fuel for future stars and planets to form. Prof. Putman will present the view of our galaxy from within with radio eyes, discuss how the Milky Way has built itself up to be the galaxy it is today, and the insight it provides on structure formation throughout the universe.
Mary Putman has been a professor in the Astronomy Department at Columbia since 2008. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Michigan and a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado. Putman has published over 100 refereed publications with over 5,000 citations and is frequently invited to give review talks and write review articles in her field of gaseous galaxy evolution. One of her favorite parts of her job is completing research with the impressive Columbia undergraduate and graduate students.