A Scientist Walks Into A Bar
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A Scientist Walks Into A Bar

Renée Hlozek (University of Toronto), Kimmy Wu (UChicago/Stanford)

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Cosmic Microwave Background and the Origins of the Universe

We'll be chatting with cosmologists Renée Hlozek (University of Toronto) and Kimmy Wu (UChicago and Stanford) about the cosmic microwave background: electromagnetic radiation left over from the beginning of the universe. Come learn how the cosmic microwave background was discovered by accident, how it helps prove that the Big Bang happened and that we're surrounded by dark matter, and how you can hear traces of it in radio static, as well as how Renée and Kimmy are finding new ways to study it. After the talk, stick around for a virtual after-party: there's an astrophysics conference happening this week, and we'll be setting up a few Zoom chat rooms for you to have a beer with a scientist and ask them questions of your own!

Renée Hlozek


Hložek studies a variety of problems in theoretical and observational cosmology. Her research focuses on understanding what the Universe is made of, its structure and how it is changing with time. She uses data from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the upcoming Simons Observatory and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in the Chilean desert. Hložek hails from South Africa, where she studied at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2011, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She was a Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Astrophysics at Princeton University and the Spitzer-Cotsen Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows. She is also a TED Fellow.

Kimmy Wu

from her website:

"I am currently a KICP fellow at the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago.

My research areas include cosmology, inflation, and gravitational lensing. I use cosmic microwave background (CMB) observations to test cosmological models. Specifically, I am a part of the BICEP/Keck Array and the South Pole Telescope collaborations. In addition, I am interested in using Machine Learning techniques for astrophysics, and I am a part of DeepSkies Lab.

Before joining KICP, I was a Croucher Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley as part of Professor William Holzapfel's SPT group. I obtained my Ph.D in physics from Stanford University in 2015 working with Professor Chao-Lin Kuo's group on BICEP/Keck.

I grew up in Hong Kong and I moved to Ann Arbor, MI for my undergraduate studies. I like good coffee, good food, and skiing."

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A Scientist Walks Into A Bar


Science writer Kate Golembiewski interviews scientists about their work. Lighthearted, eclectic, and exploring both the history of science and what's on the cutting edge, A Scientist Walks into a Bar is a place where adults can have a real conversation about what new research is changing the way we understand the world with a drink in hand. We cover everything from space, to dinosaurs, to mental health.

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