About the talk
Columbia University, USA
About the speaker
Professor Van Gorkom received her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the Kapteyn Institute in Groningen, Holland. She was a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico for 8 years, before joining the faculty at Columbia. Over the years, she held visiting appointments at the Raman Research Institute in India, Princeton University, Berkeley, and the
Kapteyn Institute. She also served as a chair of the department for 7 years in the past. Her main interest is in the Structure and Evolution of
Galaxies, and more specifically in the role of gas in galaxy evolution. She studies the interplay between galaxies and their environment.