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TEDxLosGatos - Sandra Faber - Our cosmic past, our cosmic future

Dr. Sandra Faber, Ph.D, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa CruzSandra Faber's dream as a kid was to understand where the Universe came from. After a lifetime of studying cosmology at UC Santa Cruz, she feels she has some answers. Faber helped to discover dark matter in the Universe, and, with UCSC colleagues Joel Primack and George Blumenthal, invented the standard theory for galaxy formation based on it. She led the team that discovered ubiquitous massive black holes at the centers of galaxies. She's also helped to build and use some of the world's largest telescopes, including the twin 10-meter Keck giants on Mauna Kea and the Hubble Space Telescope, for which she and her graduate student diagnosed the optical flaw. Currently she leads the CANDELS project, the deepest survey yet with Hubble, which is revealing how infant galaxies formed 95% of the way back to the Big Bang.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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