the building blocks of life

the building blocks of life

We Are All Stardust | Haley Gomez | TEDxCardiff

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Haley wraps up TEDxCardiff 2015 with an incredible talk about the important, and sometimes frustrating, place dust has in our understanding of the universe. Haley Gomez is an astrophysicist working at Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy. She works on using the most sensitive infrared cameras in space to reveal the origins of the building blocks of life - cosmic dust grains – and has published over 85 papers in the last 10 years. Her research has been recognized with an award from the Royal Astronomical Society for noteworthy contribution for an early career researcher. In 2015 she was also awarded a prestigious and highly competitive grant worth €1.8 million to measure the dust content of galaxies since the Big Bang. Throughout her career, she has also taken a leading role in bringing research to the public and, in particular, encouraging girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She received an Inspire Wales Award in 2014 for most inspirational person in the Science and Technology Category for this work. haley.gomez.me.uk This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx