Nuclear Physicist Yuri Oganessian Visits AUA

YEREVAN, Armenia – On September 19, 2016 renowned nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian visited the American University of Armenia (AUA). He and his team at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna are best known for their unique work on the synthesis of heavy elements, which has led to the discovery of elements in the nuclear charge region 102 to 105 (dubnium), as well as bohrium (107), hassium (108), and meitnerium (109).

Mr. Oganessian is acknowledged as a world-leader in the field of synthesizing and exploring new elements. In fact, on June 8 of this year the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) formally proposed that element 118 (Ununoctium) be named Oganesson in honor of the scientist.

While visiting the University, Mr. Oganessian toured the Main Building including the Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC). The tour was led by AUA Dean of College of Science & Engineering (CSE) Aram Hajian and accompanied by Assistant Professor and EPIC Director Dr. Armen Mkrtchyan and Adjunct Lecturer and EPIC Operations Manager Aram Keryan. Mr. Oganessian was most impressed by the state of the art EPIC laboratories and work ethic of AUA’s students.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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