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Cauldrons of the Cosmos

Rachid Ouyed from the University of Calgary presents a tribute to Professor Richard "Doc" Morris about the origin of the chemical elements that make up our world on Friday, April 26.
By Hallie Jacobs

The Big Bang was only the beginning.

The result of the collision, although crucial, was not enough to create and maintain the conditions necessary to enable the development of life.

The introduction of heavier elements, including carbon, nitrogen and iron helped speed up the process, but how they were synthesized is still a mystery, according to San Diego State University physics guru Richard "Doc" Morris.

A tribute to Morris' research will discuss the synthesis of these mysterious elements in an upcoming lecture, "Cauldrons of the Cosmos." The study, performed with the late John Schopp, debunks the myth claiming supernova explosions are responsible for the production of these heavy elements, and attempt to explain possible hypotheses.

About the lecture

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in GMCS room 333 on Friday, April 26. The event is free and open to the public.  Free parking will be available in Parking Structure 1, levels 2 and 3.

Guest lecture

Professor Rachid Ouyed from the University of Calgary will present at the lecture.

Ouyed received his PhD in Astrophysics from McMaster University in Canada. After a couple of years at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics he joined the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen, Denmark as an assistant professor.

He is now a full professor at the University of Calgary working on topics in high-energy astrophysics.