Lecture: Astronomical Alchemy - The Origin of the Elements

October 25, 2018
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff." –Carl Sagan

Maria Drout

The precise physical conditions necessary to produce each element vary as much as the elements themselves. In this public lecture, Origins Postdoctoral Lectureship Award winner Maria Drout will take the audience on a journey through the periodic table, giving a broad overview of the ways each element is formed throughout the universe and highlighting how a recent discovery has filled in one of the final pieces of the elemental puzzle: the origin of many of the heaviest elements in the universe.

Dr. Maria Drout is a former NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institute for Science and Research Associate in the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto. She joined the faculty in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto in Sept 2018. She is interested in understanding the evolution, influence and ultimate fate of massive stars.

Join us for a reception and light refreshments from 4:45-5:30 pm (MST) in the lobby of ISTB4. Open to all registered participants.

October 25, 2018
5:30 pm
Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4
Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Event details are subject to change. This event is brought to you by the Interplanetary Initiative and the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

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