Thursday, September 24, 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Kim Boddy (UTexas Austin) "Searching for Dark Matter Interactions in Cosmology"
There is overwhelming evidence for the existence of dark matter. It plays a crucial role in the formation of structure in the Universe, yet little is known about its properties beyond gravitational effects. In this talk, I will discuss the current and future prospects of understanding the fundamental nature of dark matter using observations in cosmology and astrophysics. These observations offer glimpses into different cosmic eras that may shed light on the mystery of dark matter.
Marie Korsaga (U Cape Town) "Astronomers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic"
The world has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out a few monthsago. The pandemic created a crisis that has been (and continues to be)devastating. Numerous lives have unfortunately been claimed, with countless jobslost and the economies of several countries around the globe plummeting. Themedical science community has been in the front line to fight the pandemic byproviding treatment and care for infected individuals. However, other sciencecommunities, which are not directly involved in medical science, have made aneffort to stay relevant in the face of the crisis – by actively contributing their skillsand expertise, and adapting to provide solutions. In particular, the astronomycommunity has played, and continues to play, an important role in fighting thepandemic and/or in alleviating its effects. In this talk, I am going to provide asynthesis of activities and roles played by the astronomy community in the fightagainst the COVID-19 pandemic.