May 6th Lecture

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:30pm

A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos -- Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin (Columbia University)

Come travel with Dr. Savin down the cosmic chemical pathway from the Big Bang to the formation of stars and to life as we know it. Chemical studies have advanced understanding of how the first stars formed and how the raw materials needed for life were first synthesized. Join Dr. Savin as he hops, skips, and jumps his way across cosmic time and explains key chemical processes along the way.

Daniel Wolf Savin received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was a post-doctoral research physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley. From there he moved to the Astrophysics Laboratory at Columbia University, where he is now a senior research scientist. His research career began in the area of atomic laboratory astrophysics but has since expanded to include molecular laboratory astrophysics and solar physics. Dr. Savin was a driving force behind the recent creation of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society and currently serves as the LAD Secretary. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

The lecture takes place at the Lienhard Lecture Hall (3rd floor), Pace University, Pleasantville. For a campus map, go to our click here.