JROMC is pleased to announce the resumption of its annual memorial lecture series. The 49th J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture will feature Professor Feryal Özel, on August 12th, 2022 beginning at 7 pm at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos, NM. The topic of Prof. Özel’s talk will be announced shortly.
Feryal Özel is a Turkish-American astrophysicist born in Istanbul, Turkey, specializing in the physics of compact objects and high-energy astrophysical phenomena. Professor Özel teaches at the University of Arizona in Tucson, in the Astronomy Department and Steward Observatory.
She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and received her Ph.D. at Harvard University. She was a Hubble Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She was a Fellow at the Harvard-Radcliffe Institute and a Visiting Professor at the Miller Institute at UC Berkeley.
Özel is widely recognized for her contributions to the field of neutron stars, black holes, and magnetars. She is a member and Modeling lead of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) that released the first image of a black hole.
Özel received the Maria Goeppert Mayer award from the American Physical Society in 2013 for her outstanding contributions to neutron star astrophysics. Özel has appeared in numerous TV documentaries including Big Ideas on PBS and the Universe series on the History Channel.