From the Big-Bang to Life on Earth
RASC Regular Meeting
7:30 PM, Monday February 8, 2021
FREE and open to the public.
Dr. Laurie Rousseau-Nepton
From the Big-Bang to Life on Earth: A Story on the Birth of the Stars
The evolution of our Universe has been shaped by different eras since its early fast expansion, the Big-Bang. It has been a long way from a world with only light and elementary particles, to a world of galaxies, stars, atoms and molecules. In this presentation, we will travel through space and time and see how the stars have transformed the Universe, filling their surrounding with light, and allowing a wide variety of chemical elements to propagate in space. Billions of years of star-formation eventually led to the formation planetary system, just like ours, enabling life to emerge.
Dr. Rousseau-Nepton is a resident astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and the Principal Investigator for SIGNALS, a large survey program aiming at observing over 50,000 resolved star-forming regions in nearby galaxies. Dr. Rousseau-Nepton received her Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Laval and is the first indigenous woman in Canada to obtain a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Her interests revolve around the quantification of the impact of the galactic environment on star formation. She has been awarded numerous grants and scholarships, including the Fellowship for native women in science and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), and her work has been consistently featured in articles by the Canadian Space Agency, Centre des Sciences de Montréal, etc.
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