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More than a quarter century ago, it was suggested that galaxies such as our own Milky Way may harbor massive, though possibly dormant, central black holes. Definitive proof, for or against, the existence of a massive central black hole lies in the assessment of the distribution of matter in the center of the Galaxy. The motion of the stars in the vicinity of a black hole offers a way to determine this distribution. Based on 10 years of high resolution imaging, Dr. Ghez's team has moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center from a possibility to a certainty. This not only provided us with the best evidence yet that these exotic objects really do exist, but it also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to study what role this black hole has played on the formation and evolution of our Galaxy[ ]
Andrea Ghez dates her initial interest in astronomy back to the first moon landings. Though she imagined herself pursuing a variety of careers when she was a girl (including that of a ballet dancer), she always enjoyed science, because it seemed like puzzle. "I liked the process of solving things," she explains. She earned her B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1987, and her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 1992. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the American Astronomical Society’s Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, the American Physical Society’s Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation's Young Investigator award, and teaching awards from Caltech and UCLA. Ghez, now a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA, has been a member of the faculty since 1994. Elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, she was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.
Since founding Stones Throw Records in 1996, San Jose-native Chris Manak (aka Peanut Butter Wolf) has found recognition as a producer with a willness to experiment and the confidence to provide Stones Throw’s artists with musical carte blanche. He has overseen the releases of Lootpack’s Soundpieces, Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Breakestra’s Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet’s Angles Without Edges, Madlib’s Shades of Blue, and Jaylib’s Champion Sound. In recent years PB Wolf has strayed from producing to perform as a DJ internationally.
Spin Magazine hailed Neon Indian as one of the best peformers of SXSW this year, describing the Texas-based group's sound as "rinky-dink synth pop that built a pastel pleasuredome out of squiggly synth lines, chintzy keyboard, brittle guitar, and a charmingly stiff beat."
With musical tastes spanning from hardcore punk to dancefloor-friendly hip-hop, post-rock to ambient electronic, Them Jeans never fails to deliver a set with the perfect mood for the gathering. Them Jeans is joined in the DJ lounge this month Classixx, a Los Angeles-based duo who recently performed at Coachella Music Festival.