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Invited Speakers

The CASCA 2017 meeting will feature the following invited speakers.

Fiona's interest in observational high energy astronomy led her to become the PI of NASA's NuSTAR Explorer mission, the first orbiting X-ray telescope with the ability to focus high energy X-rays. Since its launch in 2012, NuSTAR has uncovered a number of important scientific results, including the identification of a number of `hidden' close-by supermassive black holes, the discovery of the brightest X-ray pulsar ever recorded and the creation of the first map of radioactive material in a supernova. These, plus many other, discoveries, have greatly enhanced our view of the X-ray Universe in just four years.


Jo is an Assistant Professor in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on understanding the dynamical structure, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way.

Mike is an Assistant Professor at MIT's Kavli Institute. His research interests focus on the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters, in particular the role that environment plays in dictating this evolution.

Alan Nursall
Alan is the President and CEO of Telus World of Science Edmonton and the host of a weekly science segment on Discovery Channel Canada's show Daily Planet. 

Jocelyn is an Associate Professor at California State University, Fullerton. She models the collisions of neutron stars to find how gravitational waves will reveal their structure and composition.

Suresh is an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. As well as studying the formation and evolution of galaxies in clusters, Suresh is also involved in building the Wide Integral-Field Infrared Spectrograph (WIFIS), at Kitt Peak.

Ingrid is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include searching for and timing radio pulsars and their companions, in order to study binary pulsar evolution and constrain gravity.

Kristine is an Associate Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. She studies the structure and evolution of nearby galaxies and indirect searches for dark matter.

Nicolas is an Assistant Professor at McGill University. He studies the surfaces and atmospheres of extrasolar planets using space telescopes and novel remote sensing methods.

Rob is a Professor at Saint Mary's University. He works on large scale structure and galaxy formation, using simulations to study the structure formation process.