Chemical Evolution of Local Group Galaxies - Kim Venn

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Apr 12, 2006 - Chemical Evolution of Local Group Galaxies - Kim Venn

The chemical make-up of a galaxy changes with time as stars form, burn fuel in their cores, and then die away leaving behind the newly formed elements. Studying the chemical evolution of the old stars in a galaxy helps us to understand the formation of galaxies, as well as test fundamental physics about nucleosynthesis.

Kim Venn is an Associate Professor in Physics and Astronomy at Univeristy of Victoria, and a Canada Research Chair. She has been analysing the chemistry of stars in nearby galaxies for nearly a decade using the large aperture telescopes (VLT, Keck, Magellan) and their high resolution optical spectrographs. She started in Astronomy at the University of Toronto, completing graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin and postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich, Germany. Before arriving at UVic, she held a Clare Boothe Luce professorship in Astronomy and Physics at Macalester College, Minnesota, and she was the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.

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