Live from the 2014 General Assembly

The 2014 Plaskett Medal Lecture

Friday, June 27, 2014


The 2014 General Assembly is pleased to invite RASCals from across Canada to join us for a highlight of this year's General Assembly - the annual Plaskett Medal Lecture live from the University of Victoria. The Plaskett Medal is awarded annually to the Ph.D. graduate from a Canadian university who is judged to have submitted the most outstanding doctoral thesis in astronomy or astrophysics during the past two years. We are thrilled to be hosting Dr. Andy Pon, a recent graduate of the University of Victoria who will be speaking to us live from the University of Leeds in England presenting:

How to Blow a (Super) Bubble in Space: The Orion-Eridanus Superbubble

Groups of young stars with masses much greater than that of our Sun dramatically alter their surroundings, and the Orion star forming region, the closest high mass star forming region to the Earth is no exception. The Orion star forming region has created a giant, thousand light year long bubble in space filled with million degree gas that is known as the Orion-Eridanus superbubble. In this talk, Dr. Pon will describe what he has learned about how the Orion-Eridanus superbubble has formed over the last 5 million years and show how the bubble looks from high energy x-rays to low energy radio waves. Finally, he will review how the best computational models are attempting to predict what the superbubble should look like.

About the 2014 Plaskett Medal Winner

Dr. Andy Pon obtained a BSc in astrophysics at the University of Calgary in 2008 and his PhD from the University of Victoria in 2013, in part based upon this superbubble research. Andy Pon is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds in the UK, but will shortly (July) be moving to Munich, Germany, to begin working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.

How to Participate in the Plaskett Medal Lecture

To see and hear this year's Plaskett Medal lecture simply point your web browser to the Society's conferencing service as follows:

Date:     Friday, June 27, 2014

Time:     4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific

(5:00 p.m. Mountain/Saskatchewan, 6:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Atlantic, 8:30 p.m. Nfld)


Code:    8901538

We look forward to your participation including audience questions.


Clear skies,

Paul Schumacher, Co-chair

Mark Bohlman, Co-chair

2014 General Assembly, Victoria B.C.


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