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NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: SFU/RASC Vancouver co-host Dr. Sara Seager

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

Special presentation jointly hosted by Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada!

Date: Friday November 16, 7:30-8:45PM

LOCATION:

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 Hastings Street.

Reserved seating (FREE of charge)!

Go to SFU's on-line registration system to reserve seats (**)

http://cgi.sfu.ca/~hccweb/cgi-bin/OnlineRegistration/site/event/detail.php?id=577

Our distinguished speaker will be Dr. Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT!

Dr. Seager is one of the world's leading researchers in the theory, detection, and characterization of exoplanets - and she is Canadian to boot!

Dr. Seager's talk will be on:

"Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds"

(**) Please note heavy demand for limited seating, so please act quickly! Please also note that confirmation of reserved seats is sent by email by the SFU system, but this may not provide the location, so please take note of the above address.

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  • James

    Thanks Howard. I appreciate the information.

    November 23, 2012

  • James

    Hi Howard . I hope things are well with you and yours. I understand there was a star party planned at SFU Burnaby for Friday night. Is this through the SFU Astronomy club ? I did not see it on meet up.
    Can one join the SFU Club ?
    I would also like to join the RASC as well.
    Thanks,
    J.

    November 21, 2012

    • Howard T.

      Hi James: It was good to see you at the physics colloquium last Friday - I didn't spot you at the evening lecture, but I know you were there ;). About tomorrow's event, it's being organized the SFU student astronomy club. I think the only reason why it didn't get posted on Meetup is that the student organizers have been so busy (it's end of term to boot). I think membership in that club is only open to SFU students , since it's affiliated with the SFU student society. The event itself is open to the public, so you are more than welcome to join, as is the case with almost all of the student club activities, and all of the Starry Nights @ SFU events (haven't been too many of those for awhile, but that's going to change very soon). You can find details on tomorrow's event at the Starry Nights @ SFU web site:You mentioned membership in the RASC - we'd love to have you. You can join on-line at rasc.ca, please be sure to select Vancouver Centre as your local affiliation.

      November 22, 2012

    • Howard T.

      Oops, forgot to add the Starry Nights link: http://www.sfu.ca/sta...­

      November 22, 2012

  • Sam

    Enjoyed it SO much. My 9 year old was so enthusiastic that at times I had to nicely tell her to let Dr Seager speak. It was perfectly suited, and I thank SFU for hosting this.

    November 19, 2012

  • Howard T.

    The Council of the RASC Vancouver Centre wishes to advise our Meetup subscribers that on-line posts to this Meetup site should be made in a courteous manner that is respectful of other subscribers. Similarly, comments regarding speakers and guests at events that are publicized on this Meetup, whether by the RASC Vancouver, or other organizations that have been given permission to list events, should be made in a courteous and respectful manner. In particular, use of inappropriate language and personal barbs are not acceptable, and may result in a block to the subscription. The RASC Vancouver Centre welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy to subscribe to our Meetup, to attend our public lectures, and to participate in any of our other public events, regardless of their age, or the level of their knowledge and experience in astronomy.

    November 18, 2012

  • Suzanna N.

    350 people attended. A testament to RASC Vancouver Centre's attempts over the last few years to reach new demographics and spread the word of all that is fun and facsinating about astronomy.

    3 · November 18, 2012

  • Leigh C.

    I enjoyed Dr. Seager's talk very much. I thought she tempered her talk to the wide varieties of age in the audience. She showed great respect for all the questions asked no matter what the age. I understand that he Thursday talk at SFU was web broadcast, so for those who might want more detailed answers, they may wish to hunt out an archive of theat talk. Thank you to the staff at SFU for all the logistical support.

    November 18, 2012

  • Iveta

    I liked all the visuals she presented on the screen. They showed how many exoplanets in Milky Way are being detected regularly - last in November this year, their sizes and what they need to be detectable from our Earth. Interesting. Only, at this hour I expected a bit more mature audience and a more in depth presentation. Perhaps, the next event should specify if it is for very young kids or adults. Thanks to all for organizing:-).

    November 17, 2012

  • J.Karl M.

    My understanding is that this was a public lecture; I did not expect an in-depth lecture on some specialized details in the field of exoplanets. My wife, who is only peripherally interested in astronomy, liked this presentation very much. She said she learned quite a bit, and would have liked to have a lecturer like Dr. Seager during her days at university. Therefore, I think that the level of presentation was exactly right - geared to interested "lay people".

    2 · November 17, 2012

  • J.Karl M.

    Good choice, we had a full house. Dr. Seager presented her material in a very understandable and casual, insightful way, truly engaging the audience.

    November 17, 2012

  • jim m.

    Well what I am hearing is sour grapes.I guess the complainer have liittle experience in public presentations. This was not a talk on quantum theory. It was designed for a general audience including children. Comments on the presenters dress are out of line. It is the message not the style.
    Judging by the applause it was very well received.
    This is a problem with social media. People like to "talk" to "hear" themselves. That is why there is so much crap on social media.
    Thanks to SFU and the RASC for organizing a great event.

    Jim Mac Guigan
    Science Writer@UBC

    1 · November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    not so good to my expectation, she struggled, repeating herself with an old convictions and lots of sci-fi, I admit she could be a good writer (sci-fi)

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Notice came in rather late. Should have Googled the address for map location. Had to stop in at SFU downtown campus to check with staff.

    November 17, 2012

  • giannine

    Would like to attend but not even room on the wait list. My 12 year old so who is a space fanatic would love to attend this lecture. Bummer!

    November 10, 2012

    • James

      I have lost interest. Too much hassle. I never did get a call from Howard.

      November 11, 2012

    • giannine

      Great! Tried it with the Link from Howard and it worked - thanks.

      November 11, 2012

  • Howard T.

    Here's a link to the reservation system for the Thursday Seager lecture at the SFU Burnaby campus:

    http://at.sfu.ca/jGHedD

    James, I replied to your queries in this forum. Personal telephone calls not guaranteed as available time is finite ;).

    Howard.

    November 11, 2012

  • Leigh C.

    HI Everyone, Please remember to print the email from SFU registration that contains your registry ID number. You might need it as proof of registration at the door. As everyone has to be checked before entry, please arrive early. If you are not there on time your seat will be given to people who are on standby.

    November 3, 2012

    • James

      Hi Leigh. I had reserved before the location change . When I returned from Ontario last week, I am now on stand by for this event. I have several questions , and have asked Howard to call me on three separate occasions to no avail. May I discuss these issues with you ? I am available on[masked] or[masked] What is your number?

      November 6, 2012

    • Leigh C.

      Hi James, Looks like Howard has it covered. Sorry you are on standby. I hope you are able to get in. There are usually some no-shows.

      November 6, 2012

  • Veronica R.

    Oh, never mind. I see that now. Thanks :)

    November 6, 2012

  • Veronica R.

    Hi Howard,
    So who can we contact to make sure that we can get in?

    November 6, 2012

  • Howard T.

    Hi James: My apologies for not replying to your messages - this event has been quite a challenge to manage ;). You would have received an automatic email from SFU confirming your initial reservation (SFU is maintaining the reservation system, not the RASC), and your status should not have been changed without your explicit request. Perhaps you made a second reservation request? Registered guests received another email from SFU this afternoon with additional information about the event. If you did not receive that, please email me ([masked]) with your first confirmation, and I'll look into it. A final note that an "RSVP" with Meetup does *not* generate a reservation.

    1 · November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why is this stuff messing up the INFORMATION page for the Group ?! Please take this philosophical scrapping to the Message Board where it belongs. What is expected to be read here is things like when, where, who and updates to that. I've tried muting but everything gets shoved to my email inbox. I would suggest that the majority understand this is a scientific laying out of info acquired and not a a new episode of "Lost in Space"! Attend or don't , but as to the rest - please take it off line!

    October 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for reminding us. Neil you have a letter of the day

      October 26, 2012

    • Bruce B.

      Draw! Present!! Fire!!!

      October 30, 2012

  • Howard T.

    Hi Keith: The talk is about the *search* for habitable worlds, not their discovery - at least not yet ;)! On the other hand, the evidence for exoplanets, including ones in the habitable zone of their parent stars, is now as solid as it gets.

    October 25, 2012

  • Howard T.

    Ted, now that's a tough choice ;)!

    1 · October 23, 2012

    • Ted A.

      I know but !!! -- Alice, Neil Young, and Paul McCartney all in about two weeks! Tough !!

      October 24, 2012

  • James

    Hi Howard . I have some questions regarding RASC Kingston Ontario. I am leaving for Kingston on Thursday and had some questions.Could you call me ?[masked]

    October 23, 2012

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