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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Moving Beyond the Visible Universe: Dark Clouds, Galaxy Collisions, and the Origin of Stars

with
Christine D. Wilson
McMaster University

Much of the astronomical research of the next decade is expected to focus on understanding the origins of planets, stars, galaxies, and even the universe itself. Millimetre-wave radio astronomy is a crucial tool in this quest ­ allowing us to probe into the cold, dark regions of space where many of these formation processes occur.

Christine Wilson will illustrate the enormous potential of these techniques using her own work on a spectacular collision between two spiral galaxies that has triggered the formation of massive clusters of stars. She will also present recent results from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, which have provided a unique view of the star-forming regions of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Dr. Christine Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University and the Canadian Project Scientist for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. The discoverer of Comet Wilson while still a graduate student, she is best known internationally for her work on star formation in nearby galaxies. She received her Ph.D. from Caltech in 1990, a Women's Faculty Award from NSERC in 1992, and a Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Ontario government in 1999.

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Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am