Laura Ferrarese, FRSC, is a researcher in space science at the National Research Council of Canada. Her primary work has been performed using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
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|Nationality||Italian and Canadian|
|Awards||Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal; Helen Sayer Hogg Prize; Peter G. Martin Award|
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University University of Padova|
|Institutions||California Institute of Technology|
National Research Council of Canada
|Main interests||Supermassive Black Holes; Galaxy Dynamics; Extragalactic Distance Scale|
Early life and careerEdit
Laura Ferrarese was born in Padova, Italy and studied at the University of Padova, going on to receive a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1996. She was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology before becoming a professor at Rutgers University in 2000. In 2004, she moved to the National Research Council (Canada), where she is now a Principal Research Officer. In July 2017, Ferrarese accepted a 16-month long appointment as Interim Director of the Gemini Observatory.
Laura Ferrarese's work has earned her the opportunity to spearhead projects using facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Her work concentrates on the masses of supermassive black holes and the stellar velocity dispersions of their host galaxies, and how they affect each other. She has also researched active galactic nuclei, galaxy dynamics and scaling relations, the extragalactic distance scale and the expansion rate of the Universe. In her work, Ferrarese uses data from ground and space-based observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT).
Ferrarese is currently a Vice President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and she is serving on the Board of Directors of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. From 2012 to 2014, she served as President of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). Ferrarese has also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and she has chaired the AURA Oversight Council for Gemini (AOC-G), among other appointments.
Recognition and awardsEdit
Ferrarese has won several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012, the Helen Sayer Hogg Prize in 2014, and the Peter G. Martin Award in 2015.. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
On 30 November 2000, Ferrarese was featured in one of the episodes called "supermassive black holes" in the Horizon TV series.
Ferrarese's most cited peer-review publications include:
- "A Fundamental Relation between Supermassive Black Holes and Their Host Galaxies", appeared in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2000 
- "Final Results from the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project to Measure the Hubble Constant", appeared in the Astrophysical Journal, 2001 
- "Central Masses and Broad-Line Region Sizes of Active Galactic Nuclei. II. A Homogeneous Analysis of a Large Reverberation-Mapping Database", appeared in the Astrophysical Journal, 2004 
- "Supermassive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei: Past Present and Future Research", appeared in Space Science Reviews, 2005
- "Beyond the Bulge: A Fundamental Relation between Supermassive Black Holes and Dark Matter Halos", appeared in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2002 
- "The ACS Virgo Cluster Survey. VI. Isophotal Analysis and the Structure of Early-Type Galaxies", appeared in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2006
Laura Ferrarese is an active member of the IAU (International Astronomical Union) and is affiliated with Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science, Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe and Division J Galaxies and Cosmology. She was a Past Member of Division VIII Galaxies & the Universe until 2012 and Commission 28 Galaxies until 2015 within the IAU. She is also a member of the American Astronomical Society and of the Canadian Astronomical Society.
- "Curriculum Vitae of Laura Ferrarese" (PDF).
- "Dr. Laura Ferrarese Appointed Interim Director of Gemini Observatory". Gemini Observatory. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
- "CASCA 2015 Press Tip Sheet" (PDF). Canadian Astronomical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-17.
- "Laura Ferrarese -- Herzberg Astrophysics". Herzberg Astrophysics. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
- "SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System".
- "Two Public Astronomy Lectures Help Mark 100 Years of Astronomy Group in Victoria". Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. 14 June 2014.
- Ferrarese, Laura; Merritt, David (August 2000). "A Fundamental Relation between Supermassive Black Holes and Their Host Galaxies". Astrophysical Journal Letters. 539 (1): L9–L12. arXiv:astro-ph/0006053. Bibcode:2000ApJ...539L...9F. doi:10.1086/312838.
- Freedman, Wendy L.; Madore, Barry~F.; Gibson, Brad K.; Ferrarese, Laura; et al. (May 2001). "Final Results from the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project to Measure the Hubble Constant". Astrophysical Journal. 553 (1): 47–72. arXiv:astro-ph/0012376. Bibcode:2001ApJ...553...47F. doi:10.1086/320638.
- Peterson, Bradley M.; Ferrarese, Laura; et al. (October 2004). "Central Masses and Broad-Line Region Sizes of Active Galactic Nuclei. II. A Homogeneous Analysis of a Large Reverberation-Mapping Database". Astrophysical Journal. 613 (2): 682–699. arXiv:astro-ph/0407299. Bibcode:2004ApJ...613..682P. doi:10.1086/423269.
- Ferrarese, Laura; Ford, Holland (February 2005). "Supermassive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei: Past Present and Future Research". Space Science Reviews. 116 (3–4): 523–624. arXiv:astro-ph/0411247. Bibcode:2005SSRv..116..523F. doi:10.1007/s11214-005-3947-6.
- Ferrarese, Laura (October 2002). "Beyond the Bulge: A Fundamental Relation between Supermassive Black Holes and Dark Matter Halos". Astrophysical Journal. 578 (1): 90–97. arXiv:astro-ph/0203469. Bibcode:2002ApJ...578...90F. doi:10.1086/342308.
- Ferrarese, Laura; et al. (June 2006). "The ACS Virgo Cluster Survey. VI. Isophotal Analysis and the Structure of Early-Type Galaxies". Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 164 (2): 334–434. arXiv:astro-ph/0602297. Bibcode:2006ApJS..164..334F. doi:10.1086/501350.
- "International Astronomical Union | IAU". www.iau.org. Retrieved 2016-11-22.