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- This talk is a production of Georgia Tech Astrobiology as part of their 2019 Exploration and Origins (ExplOrigins) Colloquium. - It is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not required to attend. - The Smithgall Building is located near Georgia Tech's Ferst Center. You reach it on the Tech Trolley (https://b.gatech.edu/2Y1kf3r) which runs from Midtown MARTA Station; refer to this link (https://b.gatech.edu/2T4SvHL) for nearby paid visitor parking options. Searching for Life in Oceans Beyond Earth - a Georgia Tech ExplOrigins lecture Kevin Peter Hand, Director Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Ocean Worlds Laboratory California Institute of Technology Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbor some of the most habitable real estate in our solar system. Life loves liquid water, and these moons have lots of it! These oceans worlds of the outer solar system have likely persisted for much of the history of the solar system. As a result they are highly compelling targets in our search for life beyond Earth. Kevin Hand will explain why we think we know these oceans exist and what we know about the conditions on these worlds. He will focus on Jupiter’s moon Europa, which is a top priority for future NASA missions. The talk will also show how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping to inform our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa. About the Speaker Kevin Peter Hand is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system, with emphasis on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. His work involves both theoretical and laboratory research on the physics and chemistry of icy moons in the outer solar system. Hand is the director of the Ocean Worlds Lab at JPL. He served as co-chair for NASA’s Europa Lander Science Definition team. He is the Project Scientist for the Pre-Phase-A Europa Lander mission. From 2011 to 2016, Hand served as deputy chief scientist for Solar System Exploration at JPL. He served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences. His work has brought him to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the sea ice near the North Pole, the depths of the Earth’s oceans, and to the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. He was a scientist on-board James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and he was part of a 2003 IMAX expedition to hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Hand has made nine dives to the bottom of the ocean. In 2011 he was selected as a National Geographic Explorer. Hand earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. degrees from Dartmouth College. He was born and raised in Manchester, Vermont. About the 2019 ExplOrigins Colloquium This interdisciplinary colloquium and networking event has two goals: (1) to forge connections across Georgia Tech straddling the boundaries between technology development and hypothesis testing in the search for life’s beginnings and (2) to explore collaborative ideas among participants.
Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at Georgia Tech
- This event is a production of the Georgia Tech College of Sciences as part of their Frontiers in Science lecture series. - It is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not required to attend. - Refreshments will be served and after the lecture and free period table t-shirts given away. - Closest available (paid) parking is Visitors Area 4 at Ferst Street and Atlantic Drive. - The Parker H. Petit IBB building is also on the Tech Trolley route which serves campus from the Midtown MARTA Station https://b.gatech.edu/2EDy9hC. John Baez, Professor of Mathematics University of California, Riverside Why do atoms behave the way they do? Why do electrons form “shells,” as seen in the periodic table? Why does the first shell hold 2 electrons, the second 8, and the third 18: twice the square numbers 1, 4, and 9? It took many years to solve these mysteries, and a lot of detective work in chemistry, physics, and ultimately – once the relevant laws of physics were known – mathematics. Other mysteries remain unsolved, like the mass of the heaviest possible element. This talk will give a quick tour of these puzzles and some of the answers. About the Speaker John Baez is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Riverside, who also works at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, in Singapore. His Internet column “This Week’s Finds” dates back to 1993 and is sometimes called the world’s first blog. Baez used to work on quantum gravity and pure mathematics. In 2010, concerned about climate change and the future of the planet, he switched to working on a general theory of networks that appear in human-engineered and biological systems. About Frontiers in Science Lectures Lectures in this series are intended to inform, engage, and inspire students, faculty, staff, and the public on developments, breakthroughs, and topics of general interest in the sciences and mathematics. Lecturers tailor their talks for nonexpert audiences.
- This event is a production of the Georgia Tech School of Physics as part of their Inquiring Minds lecture series. - It is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not required to attend. - Consult this campus map to locate the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons http://bit.ly/2CW96XO. - Parking options include the Area 2 deck on Ferst Drive and the Area 4 lot at State Street & Ferst Drive, both on this map http://bit.ly/2glBtWK (JPEG). Hourly rates apply. Death of a Universe - an Inquiring Minds Lecture Katherine Mack, Assistant Professor North Carolina State University The Big Bang theory tells the story of the beginning of the Universe, our cosmic home for the last 13.8 billion years. But what is the story of its end? I’ll share what modern astrophysics tells us about the ultimate fate of the cosmos, and what each possibility would entail if there were people there to see it. About the Speaker Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.