Chung-Pei Ma interview

Berkeley(KTSF by Lynne Ku)
 One day after the announcement of finding two monster black holes, Chung Pei Ma, who is a UC Berkeley astrophysics, has become a celebrity on  campus. She has been interviewed by dozens of media from  around the world. Her team discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of elliptical galaxies more than 300 million light years away. That’s relatively close on the galactic scale. As an immigrant from Taiwan, Chung-Pei talked to KTSF in perfect Mandarin and shared her personal story with the Chinese American community in the Bay Area.
 
Ma was interested in math since she was 4 years old. After studying science at the age of 12 or 13, she fell in love with science and then her passion developed into a dream: she decided that she would l be a physicist.
 
Ma came to America as a high-school senior to be closer to relatives who lived in Houston. From there she went on to MIT in 1989, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis in astrophysics, then stayed to complete a Ph.D. in astronomy. She accepted an assistant professorship in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania, and was promoted to associate professor in 2001. Ma joined Berkeley’s astronomy department as an associate professor in 2002. She says she was drawn to Berkeley, because its astrophysics program is among the nation’s top three.
 
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