The newly-formed Center for Chemistry of the Universe (CCU), headquartered in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia along with NRAO and the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) of Charlottesville, VA is holding a workshop at the NRAO Green Bank, WV site entitled: "Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations."
The topics of the workshop will be the use of astronomical instruments, in particular the GBT, to study chemical processes in astronomical environments. Thus, its focus will not be on molecules as tracers of physical conditions, but rather the inverse: using molecular observations to provide information on chemical bonding and formation in environments not easily replicated on Earth.
The 6 meeting sessions will include:
The meeting will take place May 27-29, 2009 with arrival and an opening reception on May 26. Limited travel funds are available upon request especially for graduate students and postdocs who are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in a poster session highlighting their research interests.