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"The Hunt for Monster Black Holes with Pulsar Timing Arrays" public lecture announced



The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology will host its first public lecture since 2020. 

The lecture series is called "WVUniverse" and will feature public talks by experts in related fields.  All talks are free and open to the public. 

The first lecture will feature Professor Maura McLaughlin, Director of the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology and Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University. 

The lecture will be titled "The Hunt for Monster Black Holes with Pulsar Timing Arrays" and is scheduled for Friday, April 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. G09 White Hall on the WVU downtown campus.

Following the lecture, will be trivia, games and prizes.  The event is free and open to the public; perfect for ages 10 and up.

Maura McLaughlin

About Prof. Maura McLaughlin: Dr. McLaughlin's main research interests involve studying neutron stars and their environments through radio, X-ray and gamma-ray observations. Neutron stars are amazing physical laboratories for general relativity, studies of the interstellar medium, high-energy particle and plasma physics, and studies of stellar evolution. A significant research aim, as a member of the NANOGrav collaboration, is to use neutron stars to detect gravitational waves through timing an array of ultra-precise millisecond pulsars.

Questions can be directed to:


Holly Legleiter; 304-685-5301