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WTMA Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon

C.J. Davidson Center, Houston Harte University Center
Presentation: “Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos”

Priyamvada Natarajan, Ph.D.Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, a noted theoretical astrophysicist at Yale University, will deliver Angelo State University’s 42nd annual West Texas Medical Associates Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon on Tuesday, March 20, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Natarajan studies cosmology, gravitational lensing, and black hole physics.  In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest know repositories of dark matter.  She is also actively engaged in deriving and understanding the mass assembly history of black holes over cosmic time.

The WTMA Lectureship honors Dr. Roy E. Moon, a longtime San Angelo obstetrician and gynecologist, who died in 1976. He practiced for 28 years with Clinic Hospital Medical Associates, now West Texas Medical Associates. The lectureship was established in 1976 and is underwritten by a grant to ASU from the members of WTMA.  

Each year, the lectureship brings a scientist of national prominence to ASU for public lectures, colloquia and informal discussions. 

The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Paul Swets, dean of the ASU College of Science and Engineering, and includes Dr. David Bixler, chair of the Physics and Geosciences Department; Dr. Crosby Jones, professor of biology; Dr. John Osterhout, chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department; WTMA physicians Dr. Kelly Hallmark, Dr. Colleen Heartsill and Dr. Joe Wilkinson; and retired physician Dr. Fazlur Rahman.

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