Jeff Rich: The Elements and Astronomy
The star stuff we are made of has an interesting history. Astronomy has contributed to fundamental knowledge about the elements that make up our everyday life while using the same elements to understand the properties of the cosmos. This talk discusses the connection between the elements and astronomy past, present and future.
Jeff Rich grew up in Washington state, where he took an interest in Astronomy but had a hard time seeing through the clouds. Jeff studied Astronomy at USC as an undergraduate, and worked with the professors there studying helioseismology with data from the 60 ft. solar tower at Mt. Wilson. Dr. Rich spent 6 years as a graduate student studying Astronomy at the University of Hawai'i, where he helped research elemental abundances in very old stars and carried out thesis work on the effects major mergers in very luminous galaxies. For the last year Jeff worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena and at Caltech, mainly observing the detailed properties of the interstellar medium in distant galaxies with an aim towards understanding galaxy formation and evolution and working with a research group at Carnegie aiming to measure the rate of expansion of the universe to great precision.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Chris Butler
Monthly General Meeting
The OCA has a general meeting held on the second Friday of every month* at Chapman University.
These meetings are free and open to the general public.
The meetings take place in The Irvine Lecture Hall with seating for approximately 250 people.
The Irvine Lecture Hall (located adjacent to the Hashinger Science Center) is near the south east corner of the campus
and the nearest cross street is East Palm Ave and North Center Street.
The meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM.
The basic agenda, with approximate times, is as shown below.
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-meeting Slide Show
Arrival of audience. This presentation includes recent astronomical photographs taken by OCA members.
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Club Announcements
Usually presented by the OCA Secretary, Bob Buchheim.
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM "What's Up?"
Usually presented by OCA Member and Space Artist, Chris Butler.
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Main Talk
Speakers are often from JPL/Caltech and other major educational and astronomical institutions.
The level of the talks are usually appropriate for anyone who has an interest in this hobby.
9:15 PM - 9:30 PM Refreshments
Break Donuts, coffee, soda are available for a small donation.
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM "Ask an Astronomer"
Anyone can stay behind and ask a panel of experts any burning question related to this hobby.