BIG IDEA: San Francisco Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Aparna Venkatesan, studies the first stars and quasars in the universe, cosmological reionization, the physical conditions in early-universe galaxies, and cosmological element synthesis.

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CHALLENGE: Along with the early stars and quasars, Aparna lectures on various cultural understandings of the heavens, so for her session we comingled textures and lighting varieties to reflect the breadth of her interest. We made photographs in her lab, surrounded by models of the universe she explores.