Mandel Lecture May 2016

The UC Santa Cruz Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the UC Observatories present the 3rd annual Mandel Lecture

The Search for Life in the Universe

Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz

Tuesday May 10, 2016

7:00 pm

Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz)

 FREE and Open to the General Public

No tickets or reservations will be required for entry.  Seating availability is on a first come basis. Theater will be open for seating starting at 6:30 pm.

The Search for Life in the Universe Although humans have long wondered whether other worlds like the Earth existed in the universe, it has only been within the past few years that a scientific answer has begun to emerge. The recent boom in exoplanet discoveries, many from NASA’s Kepler Mission, has revealed that our Galaxy likely teems with other worlds. Some of these new planets may resemble our own Earth, but many are truly alien. Are these exoplanets really habitable, or even inhabited? How are planets discovered, and what can we learn from the planets of our own solar system that might help guide our search? Is the Earth typical? Join Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz on an exploration of exoplanet discoveries, and learn about the surprises nature may yet have in store.

Lucianne Walkowicz

Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz Speaker, Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, is an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where she studies stellar magnetic activity and how stars influence a planet's suitability as a host for alien life. She is also an artist and works in a variety of media, from oil paint to sound. Dr. Walkowicz holds a B.S. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She was the Kepler Fellow at UC Berkeley, and the Henry Norris Russell Fellow at Princeton University, before joining the Astronomy Department at Adler Planetarium in 2014. She is a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, a 2011 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, and has been internationally recognized for her advocacy for conservation of dark night skies.

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This lively and engaging lecture series is designed for the general public. The series has hosted many prominent scientists, including British cosmologist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride, and UC Berkeley astrophysicist and contributor to the History Channel's "Universe" programs, Alex Filippenko. This year's lecture has been generously sponsored by Steve Mandel and Carol Foote. The generous support of private donors maintains the lecture series, bringing the message and excitement of astronomy to scientists and lay citizens alike, while presenting the work of external and UCSC scientists to the community.  (formerly known as the Halliday Lecture)

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