2023 Herzberg and Plenary Speakers

More speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Herzberg Memorial Public Lecture:

Monday, June 19, 19h30-20h30

Mark Kasevich sitting in front of a whiteboard with black scribbles

Dr. Mark Kasevich

Stanford University

Mark Kasevich is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He received his B.A. degree (1985) in Physics from Dartmouth College, a B.A. (1987) in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his Ph.D. (1992) in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He joined the Stanford Physics Department faculty in 1992. From 1997-2002, he was a member of the Yale Physics Department faculty. He returned to Stanford in 2002. His current research interests are centred on the development of quantum sensors of rotation and acceleration based on cold atoms, the application of these sensors to tests of General Relativity, the investigation of many-body quantum effects in Bose condensed vapours, the investigation of quantum-enhanced imaging and measurement methods, and investigation of ultra-fast laser-induced phenomena. He co-founded AOSense, Inc. (2004) and serves as the company’s Consulting Chief Scientist.

Abstract to come

Medal talks return to Congress!

More information will be posted once the 2023 medal recipients have been selected.

Plenary Speakers:

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Katherine Mack, wearing a purple cowl-necked sweater standing in a hallway

Katherine Mack | Perimeter Institute

Monday, June 19, 8h45-9h30

Dr. Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist exploring a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Hawking Chair in Cosmology and Science Communication at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, where she carries out research on dark matter and the early universe and works to make physics more accessible to the general public. She is the author of the book “The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)” and has written for a number of popular publications, such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time, BBC Science Focus, and Cosmos magazine. She can be found on Twitter as @AstroKatie.

Dark Matter: A Cosmological Perspective

While it is considered to be one of the most promising hints of new physics beyond the Standard Model, dark matter is as yet known only through its gravitational influence on astronomical and cosmological observables. I will discuss our current best evidence for dark matter’s existence as well as the constraints that astrophysical probes can place on its properties while highlighting some tantalizing anomalies that could indicate non-gravitational dark matter interactions. Future observations, along with synergies between astrophysical and experimental searches, have the potential to illuminate dark matter’s fundamental nature and its influence on the evolution of matter in the cosmos from the first stars and galaxies to today.

Jessica McIver | University of British Columbia

Monday, June 19, 9h30-10h00

Dr. Jess McIver is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia and a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics. She leads the UBC gravitational-wave astrophysics group, the UBC LIGO group, and the UBC-TRIUMF LISA group. She earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and then went on to a postdoc with the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech. She has worked with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2007 on the characterization of the Advanced LIGO detectors and astrophysical gravitational-wave data analysis.

New discoveries with gravitational waves

I will give an overview of gravitational-wave discoveries to date, and the advances in technology and data science that have enabled these early detections. I will summarize new physics that will be unlocked by future gravitational-wave detectors on Earth and in space.