Black Holes in Our Universe

Globally recognized astrophysicist teaches cutting-edge astronomy concepts to undergraduates from all majors


Engineering major Adam Fortner has spent many nights camping outside his Kentucky home, staring up at the stars and dreaming about space. Law, history and society major Ethan Thorpe had similar notions throughout his childhood, scouring astronomy websites and imagining life as an astrophysicist.

These students and others with diverse majors may not become astronauts or astronomers, but they were given an opportunity to join a special class led by Vanderbilt astrophysicist Karan Jani, one of the scientists who discovered gravitational waves.

Jani, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and Cornelius Vanderbilt Dean’s Faculty Fellow, said his own childhood dreams of space led him to dive into physics after high school, with a focus on black holes and gravitational waves.

Dive deeper into Jani’s profile and read the full story by Amy Wolf here.

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