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Astrophysicist Joseph Shields to present “The Quest for Supermassive Black Holes” at Jan. 18 Science Café

Will Rhodes | Dec 15, 2016

Joe Shields

Black holes can be millions of times more massive than our sun, but their density and relative distance from Earth make the study of black holes difficult.  Now, scientists believe that every significant galaxy has a supermassive black hole, which makes studying these extremely important. 

In his Science Café presentation, “The Quest for Supermassive Black Holes,” Professor of Physics and Astronomy Joseph Shields will discuss how astrophysicists locate supermassive black holes and determine their influence on their surroundings. The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 18, in the Baker Center Front Room.

“The universe allows us to see phenomena that really stretch our mind,” Shields said.  “This pushes us to imagine and conceive things that we never would have.”

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video:


For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the event, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe   and   http://livestream.com/ohiocas.