MEDIA ADVISORY: Stephen Hawking Invites Gabriela González to Speak at 75th Birthday Symposium

Gabriela GonzalezBATON ROUGE – LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González is one of four high-profile speakers invited to share the stage with Stephen Hawking for his 75th birthday public symposium on Sunday July 2, from 7 a.m. to noon (CST). The public event at Cambridge University will be livestreamed by Discover Science on Facebook and YouTube.

WHAT: LSU Professor Gabriela González’s talk, “Black Holes and Gravitational Waves” at the Stephen Hawking Public Symposium on Gravity and Black Holes

WHEN: Sunday, July 2, from 7 a.m. to noon (CST)
WHERE: Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge University, U.K.

HOW: Livestreamed by Discovery Science on Facebook and YouTube

González is an experimental physicist with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves in 2015 predicted by Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Her research and work as the former spokesperson for the 1,000-member international LIGO Scientific Collaboration opened a new window of discovery to the cosmos. This milestone discovery was recognized as the 2016 Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine. Her current research involves the reduction and characterization of noise to enhance the laser interferometers’ sensitivity to detect gravitational waves, calibrate the detectors and analyze data. She has been recognized as one of the “Ten People Who Mattered” by the scientific journal Nature; a recipient of the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery; a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and Scientist of the Year by Great Minds in STEM. González joined the faculty at LSU in 2001.

Hawking has also invited González to present at an international scientific conference entitled “Gravity and Black Holes” on July 3-5 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University.

Intel Studios will livestream the scientific conference that will discuss recent advances in gravitational physics and cosmology, and the exciting future of this field following the recent direct detection of gravitational waves. The speakers include Bruce Allen (Max Planck Institute); Raphael Bousso (Berkeley); Mihalis Dafermos (Cambridge); Gary Gibbons (Cambridge); Gabriela González (LSU); James Hartle (UCSB); Thomas Hertog (Leuven); Gary Horowitz (UCSB); Theodore Jacobson (Maryland); Renata Kallosh (Stanford); Eiichiro Komatsu (Max Planck Institute); Pablo Laguna (Georgia Tech); Andrei Linde (Stanford); Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Munich); Hiranya Peiris (UCL); Harald Pfeiffer (Toronto); Frans Pretorius (Princeton); Douglas Stanford (IAS); Jeff Steinhauer (Technion); and Andy Strominger (Harvard)


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