UBC Distinguished Speaker Series: Lucianne Walkowicz

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Registration: Early bird tickets sold out, and second round of tickets open on Monday, September 23 at 9 a.m.




Planets and Stars: New Worlds and New Life

How do we find planets—even habitable ones—around other stars? By looking for tiny dimming as a planet passes in front of its sun, Lucianne Walkowicz and the Kepler mission have found some 3,500 potential new planets.

“Every measurement Kepler makes is precious, because it’s teaching us about the relationship between stars and planets,” she says. “It’s really the starlight that sets the stage for the formation of life in the universe.”

In this passionate and electrifying talk, Walkowicz sheds light on how the thousands of newly-discovered planetary systems might lead to the discovery of life beyond Earth, and how the future of our world depends on our connection to science.

To find out more visit: speakers.ok.ubc.ca

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Lucianne Walkowicz is an astrophysicist and multimedia artist. Her work delves into a question both scientific and fundamentally human: What is the nature of life in the universe?

Walkowicz began doing formal research at age 17. She has since been part of several space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Kepler Mission. She holds a BS in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an MS and PhD from the University of Washington. Walkowicz was the Kepler Fellow at UC Berkeley and the Henry Norris Russell Fellow at Princeton University, before joining the Astronomy Department at Adler Planetarium in 2014. She is a 2013 TED Senior Fellow, a 2011 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, and has been internationally recognized for her advocacy for conservation of dark night skies.

Recently named the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Walkowicz strongly believes that the challenges of our future can only be addressed by diverse minds. She works to empower people from all walks of life through scientific discovery, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, mentoring students, and developing citizen science projects that put the tools of discovery in anyone’s hands.

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