Visualizing the Birth of Galaxies: Episode 5, Starring John Wise

Visualizing the Birth of Galaxies: Episode 5, Starring John Wise

His visualizations of the heavens look like they are straight from Hollywood movie blockbusters. But John Wise's goal is to help researchers understand possible scenarios for the birth of stars and massive black holes. Wise talks about his research in ScienceMatters Episode 5.

Episode 5 of ScienceMatters' Season 1 stars John Wise. Listen to the podcast here and read the transcript here!

Possible scenarios for the birth of stars, galaxies, and black holes come alive in the data crunching and visualizations of John Wise, a professor in the School of Physics. Wise explains how his simulations and visualizations -- some of which have won awards -- helps researchers "rewind" space and time back to the origins of the universe.

Wise studies the intricacies of the nearby and distant universe, using state-of-the-art numerical simulations that are run on the world's largest supercomputers.

Wise won the College of Sciences' Eric Immel Award in 2015 for Excellence in Teaching. He was the recipient of the Dunn Family Professorship from 2015-2017, and was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow from 2007-2009.

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