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Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. Lauren Ilsedore Cleeves

9 Jan 2019, 21:48 UTC
Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. Lauren Ilsedore Cleeves
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In this series of posts, we sit down with a few of the keynote speakers of the 233rd AAS meeting to learn more about them and their research. You can see a full schedule of their talks here!

Dissecting the chemistry of protoplanetary disks
Our knowledge of the history of planetary systems is riddled with gaps, much like the protoplanetary disks themselves — which are ironically also the best candidates to help us understand the birth and evolution of planets. While the theoretical modeling of disks has been there in the works since well before the discovery of the first exoplanet, well-resolved observations needed to constrain the physical and chemical processes in play have been possible only recently. In this context “ALMA has really changed the way we can image the chemistry of disks and the number of molecular species we can detect now”, believes Dr. Lauren Ilsedore Cleeves. Dr. Cleeves, a professor of Astronomy at University of Virginia and this year’s recipient of the Annie Jump Cannon award will be giving a plenary lecture at #AAS233 about her work on connecting the chemical diversity of protoplanetary disks with the outcomes of planet formation.Dr. Lauren Ilsedore Cleeves, Assistant Professor at ...

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