Live-streamed Lectures

About SFAA Live-streamed Lectures

Once monthly, the SFAA hosts distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related disciplines. The speakers present to the public and SFAA members the latest developments from cutting-edge scientific programs.

Click here for upcoming speakers and their lecture topics.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  the monthly lectures are being made available by live stream.  Use your computer or mobile device to connect to the links provided below.

16 December 2020, Wednesday, Live-streamed via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

“Why Do Galaxies Die? How Silicon Valley’s “Spectral Revolution” will Solve a 100 Year Old Mystery””


Kevin A. Bundy, UCO Lick, UC Santa Cruz

Over one hundred years ago, Edwin Hubble noticed two distinct classes of galaxies; youthful Spirals with ongoing star formation, and “red and dead” smooth, faded and barren Ellipticals.

The MaNGA Survey, which is mapping 10,000 nearby galaxies, will help us understand how all types of galaxies formed in the early universe. We are on the verge of a “spectral revolution”, enabled by nanotechnology and photonics that will transform astronomical instruments.

Brief Bio

Kevin Bundy is the founder and Principal Investigator of the ongoing MaNGA Survey (Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory), one of three core surveys of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV project.

Before moving to UC Santa Cruz, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. He obtained his PhD at Caltech in 2006, then moved to a Reinhardt Fellowship at the University of Toronto, and a Hubble Fellowship at UC Berkeley. He was a Tinsley Visiting Scholar, UT, Austin in 2014, was given the Robert J Trumpler Award “for a recent PhD in North America considered unusually important to astronomy” in 2009, and the Dorothea Klumpkes Roberts Prize, the Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley in 2000.

How to Attend

To attend the virtual meeting "live" with the opportunity to ask questions:

Connect by 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 16th by clicking this Zoom meeting link:

Clicking the link may prompt you to install the Zoom virtual meeting app. Once installed, you will be able to join the meeting.   If the app is already installed on your device, simply enter the meeting number 948 9820 2424  and password 575203 to join the meeting.

Once joined, you can test your audio and video, and greet other members.

Board members will join the meeting early to help troubleshoot any problems with audio or video. 

Club and welcome announcements will begin at 7:45pm and the lecture will start promptly at 8:00pm.

Alternatively, please visit the following channels to attend the live stream:

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