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Astronomer. Scientist. Trailblazer.
We are all incredibly fortunate and privileged to live in a completely unique time in human history. For the first time, the scientific pursuit of some of our oldest and most profound questions is possible: Are there other solar systems? Do they look like our own? Are we alone? Dr. Gaudi will provide a guided tour of the golden age of the exploration of extrasolar worlds and the search for life outside the solar system, focusing on the hunt for analogs to our solar system, and the search for the ‘pale blue dot’: another world just like our own.
Dr. B. Scott Gaudi is an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University. His research focuses on searching for planets around other stars, and he has been involved with the discovery of nearly two dozen extrasolar planets.
In 2008, Dr. Gaudi received worldwide media attention for leading a team of 69 international astronomers in the discovery of a “scaled-down” Solar System. This discovery, published in the journal Science, implies that Solar Systems similar to ours might be common throughout the Galaxy. He was awarded the Helen B. Warner Prize for “significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy” by the American Astronomical Society and was named one of the “10 Rising Stars of Astronomy” by Astronomy Magazine.
Dr. Gaudi graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, received his B.S. in astrophysics from Michigan State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from Ohio State University. He was a Hubble Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Menzel Fellow at Harvard University, before returning to Ohio State as a faculty member in 2006.
In 2011, Dr. Gaudi received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the U.S. Government for science and engineering professionals in their early research careers. He also earned a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Grant in 2011, a highly-coveted award intended to propel outstanding young scientists by supporting academic research and outreach endeavors.