1. UC Riverside Science Lecture Series: Are We Alone?

    UC Riverside 2016-2017 Science Lecture Series, <i>Are We Alone?</i>, presents monthly topics about the search for life in the Universe and what it means for humanity. Source: UC Riverside Image credit: None UC Riverside 2016-2017 Science Lecture Series, Are We Alone?, presents monthly topics about the search for life in the Universe and what it means for humanity. Source: UC Riverside

    The University of California, Riverside has a lecture series entitled Are We Alone?, discussing the search for life in the universe—from analyzing our cosmic origins and early Earth analogues, to exploring Mars, icy moons, and other Earth-like planets. Presenters include members of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Alternative Earths team.

    The next installment in the series will be Ocean Worlds: Missions to Icy Moons and Dwarf Planets presented by Kevin Hand, Deputy Project Scientist of the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The lecture takes place February 1, 2017, 6-7:30PM PST, and a live stream can be viewed at the UC Riverside Science Lecture Series website.

    Past recorded lectures from the Are We Alone? series are also available at the website. The series continues through April 2017.


    Upcoming lectures:

    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    “Mars 2020 & Beyond: Will We Find Life on the Red Planet?”
    Speaker: Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission and Director, Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Special Guest Panel Discussion: “Colonizing the Solar System”

    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    “Alien Planets: Are There Other Earths Lurking in Our Galaxy?”
    Speaker: Antigona Segura Peralta, Professor of Astrobiology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
    Special Activity: TBD


    Previous lectures:

    Thursday, December 8, 2016
    “Our Cosmic Origins: Stars, Galaxies, and the Stuff of Life”
    Speaker: Bahram Mobasher, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Associate Director, Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center, UC Riverside
    Special Guest Panel Discussion: “Humanity’s Place in the Universe”

    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    “Alternative Earths: How Earth’s Past Guides NASA’s Search for Life”
    Speaker: Tim Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry and Director, Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center, UC Riverside
    Telescope Viewing Event: “Our Celestial Neighbors”

    Source: [UC Riverside]