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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tue, Oct 1, 2019

Photo of the outside of Valentine Dining Hall

Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Gopal Narayanan, UMass: “The Event Horizon Telescope: The Story Behind the First Image of a Super-Massive Black Hole”

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) array composed of radio telescopes operating around the world and operating at short millimeter wavelengths. This globe-spanning telescope can resolve the event horizons of the nearest super-massive black holes. At millimeter wavelengths, the photons that originate from deep within the gravitational well of the black hole can travel unimpeded and be detectable by the EHT.

In April 2017, the EHT performed observations of two super-massive black holes, SgrA* and M87*, using eight telescopes around the world. And on April 10, 2019, 100 years after Sir Arthur Eddington famously provided observational proof of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the EHT collaboration presented the first images of the shadow and event horizon of the super-massive black hole in M87.

In this talk, I will recount the story of this remarkable scientific advance, the novel instrumentation that enables EHT science, and the role that UMass and the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) played in this effort. I will also chart out the next steps for this project.

Seurat Group Information Session

Seurat Group is a boutique, data-driven management consulting and private equity firm with 20+ professionals specializing in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Its name comes from Georges Seurat, the pointillist painter. As with pointillism, the firm aims to integrate many points of cultural, behavioral and sales data, identifying insights to help clients and portfolio companies see the “bigger picture.”

Seurat Group consists of two core branches, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are being recruited to primarily support Consulting at this time):
-- Consulting: Consulting work involves creatively integrating multiple lenses of insight to challenge conventional wisdom and provide guidance for future growth. Clients include leading Fortune 500 companies in food, beverage, personal care/beauty, and other consumer products categories.
-- Capital: Seurat's market expertise guides private equity investments, and the firm provides its portfolio companies with the resources and strategic insight of its consultancy branch to accelerate growth. The firm invests in and advises start-up “challenger brands” who are driving significant, exciting change in the industry. In short, Seurat Group creates value for its clients through leading-edge creative thinking, providing the clarity to act and invest in the future.

Seurat Group Information Session

Seurat Group is a boutique, data-driven management consulting and private equity firm with 20+ professionals specializing in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Its name comes from Georges Seurat, the pointillist painter. As with pointillism, the firm aims to integrate many points of cultural, behavioral and sales data, identifying insights to help clients and portfolio companies see the “bigger picture.”

Seurat Group consists of two core branches, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are primarily being recruited to support consulting at this time):
-- Consulting: Consulting work involves creatively integrating multiple lenses of insight to challenge conventional wisdom and provide guidance for future growth. Clients include leading Fortune 500 companies in food, beverage, personal care/beauty, and other consumer products categories.
-- Capital: Seurat's market expertise guides private equity investments, and the firm provides its portfolio companies with the resources and strategic insight of its consultancy branch to accelerate growth. The firm invests in and advises start-up “challenger brands” who are driving significant, exciting change in the industry. In short, Seurat Group creates value for its clients through leading-edge creative thinking, providing the clarity to act and invest in the future.

Overall, the Seurat Group is a young firm with a driven, yet informal, collaborative culture. The firm strives to provide hands-on training, room for career development, and opportunities to learn by working closely with senior members of the organization. The managing partners all come from strong CPG backgrounds and have 20+ combined years in the consulting arena working with large CPG firms such as General Mills, Kraft, Clorox, etc. Overall, Seurat recruiters look for team members who embody the firm's core values: drive for results, a can-do attitude, collaboration, and entrepreneurial passion.

Attend this information to learn more!

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.