AUPAC 2019

Guest Lecturers

Guest Lecturers

Rob Thacker

Dr. Rob Thacker is a Professor of Astrophysics at Saint Mary's University and the current President of Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). In 2017 he completed his two allowed terms as a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) at Saint Mary's,  having previously been an adjunct professor at Queen's University where he also held a National Fellowship of the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). He also held postdoctoral positions at McMaster University and the University of California, Berkeley.

His research is focused primarily on using simulations to aid our understanding of the galaxy formation process, with a specific interest in the hydrodynamic modelling of `feedback' processes. He's now studying this in the context of mixing in the interstellar medium using a new generation of Lagrangian algorithms. During his career he's led or contributed to a number of ground-breaking numerical projects, including landmark simulations by the Virgo Consortium of researchers.

In addition to his research, Dr Thacker has a strong commitment to professional service within the astronomy community and public outreach. In 2010 he acted as the Vice-Chair of the Long Range Plan for Canadian astronomy, the single most important planning exercise conducted by the Canadian astronomy community, and in 2015 was appointed to lead the Mid-Term Review of the Long Range Plan. His outreach experience includes hosting talk radio science shows and since 2012 he has conducted over 420 media interviews. In recognition of these efforts he was awarded the 2018 Qilak Award for Astronomy Communication by the CASCA.


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