Arecibo Observatory is the second largest single-dish radio telescope on Earth and world-renowned for several ground-breaking scientific discoveries. Dr. Smith will present some of the most exciting science highlights from Arecibo throughout the years, including the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the first known binary pulsar, tracking and modeling of Near-Earth Asteroids, and many others. She will also discuss different types of radio telescopes and notable contributions to 21st century astrophysics from other premier radio observatories around the world.
Allison Smith, Ph.D., is a radio astronomer and adjunct lecturer at UNG in the Department of Physics. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics at the Univ. of Georgia. Allison enjoys researching the intricacies of the interstellar medium of our Galaxy with the hope of understanding how the Milky Way acquires fresh gas for star formation, and she considers sharing astronomy with others to be one of her favorite pastimes.