MIDWEST SKEPTICS SOCIETY:
Dr Brian Thomas: "We live in
a big, old, dangerous universe, on a planet." THIS SAT, JULY 30, 7PM AT PERKINS
TO RSVP, ADDRESS AND MORE INFO ABOUT THIS GROUP GO TO: http://www.meetup.com/skeptics-137/
Dr. Brian Thomas earned a PhD in physics from the University of Kansas in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of the Pacific in 1999. Dr. Thomas is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washburn University, where he teaches introductory astronomy and upper-level physics
courses. While at the University of Kansas, Brian worked on research projects in cosmology and astrobiophysics. His research interests range from the astrophysics of gamma-ray bursts to atmospheric chemistry to the ecology of marine phytoplankton. Currently, he leads a multidisciplinary team on a NASA-funded project to better understand how life on Earth may be affected by astrophysical events such as solar flares and explosions of massive stars in our galaxy.
We live in a big, old, dangerous universe, on a planet that has seen many extinctions, several of them major. From asteroids to gamma-ray bursts, there are a
variety of extra-terrestrial events that may have serious implications for life on Earth. I will start with a short introduction to our place in the universe and then discuss several potentially devastating events, how they would affect the Earth and how frequently they might occur.
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