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Graduate School Public Lectures

SETI: Past, present and future — finding aliens and finding ourselves

Tues. March 3, 2015      6:30 PM

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus

960WinterGrad3We are no longer taking online registrations for this lecture. As a courtesy, we offer standby seating on a space-available basis beginning 15 minutes prior to the lecture’s start time.

As science and human imagination begin to fully realize the breadth and scope of our universe, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence becomes not a question of “if,” but of “when.” In this lecture, Dr. Cornell Tarter speaks to the importance of investing in long-term endeavors in a world of short-sighted thinking and how looking beyond our atmosphere can help better sustain life here on earth.

Jill Cornell Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Cornell Tarter received her bachelor of engineering physics degree with distinction from Cornell University and her master’s degree and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as project scientist for NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide.

Exploring an array of topics and themes, the 2015 Winter Graduate School Public Lectures reimagine the way we tell stories and create art, as well as how we define our communities and our place in the universe. From city planning to literature, extraterrestrial intelligence to dance, these lectures examine the issues of our day with an eye toward redefining our future.

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