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World-Renowned Scientists To Address 'Astrobiology'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 09:29:41 -0400
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Subject: World-Renowned Scientists To Address 'Astrobiology'

Source: University of California - Los Angeles


Date: May 11, 2005

UCLA Conference Brings Together World-Renowned Scientists to
Address 'Astrobiology: Life Among the Stars'

Contact: Stuart Wolpert ( stuartw.nul )
Phone: 310-206-0511

A UCLA symposium on Friday, May 13, will feature internationally
renowned scientists addressing "Astrobiology: Life Among the

Topics will include the search for planets and life beyond our
solar system, the implications if life is discovered on other
planets, and latest results from the Mars Rovers.

Free to the public, the 16th annual symposium sponsored by
UCLA's IGPP Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of
Life will be held in UCLA's Schoenberg Auditorium (near Hilgard
and Westholme avenues) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is non-
technical, and designed for a general audience.

Participants at the symposium will be:

- Daniel S. Goldin holds the distinction of being NASA's
longest-serving administrator, an appointee of three U.S.
presidents. He initiated NASA's Origin Program to study how our
solar system formed, how life on Earth began and to explore
whether life exists elsewhere in the universe. It was his vision
to search for Earth-like planets within a hundred light-years of
our own; he has been a vigorous proponent for exploration to
determine if water and life have existed elsewhere in the solar
system; and it was under his direction that repairs in orbit
were first made to the Hubble Space Telescope. Currently, he is
a senior fellow at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego,
where he is engaged in the development of biologically inspired
robots and computers, and founder of the Intellisis Corp., which
focuses on high-tech consulting and biologically based

- David J. Stevenson serves as the George Van Osdol Professor of
Planetary Science at CalTech. He is the recipient of numerous
awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship (1971=9676), the Urey
Prize of the American Astronomical Society (1984), and both the
Whipple Award (1994) and the Hess Medal (1998) of the American
Geophysical Union.  His research focuses on the internal
structure and evolution of planets, the application of fluid
dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics to the understanding of such
structure and evolution, and the origin of solar systems.

- Steven W. Squyres is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy
at Cornell University, where he has been a faculty member since
1986. Since his days as a graduate student associate of the
Voyager Mission Science Team, for more than two decades he has
played an active role in 16 space flight missions =97 to comets,
asteroids and solar system planets =97 currently serving as a
member of the Imaging Science Team for the Cassini Mission to
Saturn, co-investigator on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mission and principal investigator of the recent Mars
Exploration Rover Mission. His research interests center on the
robotic exploration and photometric and spectroscopic properties
of planetary surfaces, and the geophysics, geochemistry and
tectonics of Mars, Venus and icy satellites.

- Charles Elachi is director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
and vice president of CalTech. He is co-investigator on the
Rosetta Comet Nucleus Sounder experiment and team leader of the
Cassini Titan Radar experiment investigating Saturn and its
surroundings. Principal investigator on numerous NASA research-
and-development studies and flight projects, he is a member of
the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of NASA's
Distinguished Service Medal, Exceptional Scientific Achievement
Medal and two Outstanding Leadership Medals.

- Lynne Hillenbrand is an assistant professor of astronomy at
CalTech. She held postdoctoral fellowships at UC Berkeley and
CalTech; in the latter position, she studied star formation at
the extremes: in its earliest stages and at its lowest masses.
Her research has been directed most recently towards
understanding the evolution of circumstellar disks and the
process of planet formation in these disks.

- Jon M. Jenkins is co-investigator on NASA Ames' Kepler
Discovery Mission, a project designed to search for Earth-like
planets far beyond our solar system. In 1992, he was appointed a
principal investigator at the SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial
Intelligence) Institute in Northern California, where he has
served as a principal investigator on NASA's Pioneer Venus Guest
Investigator Program (1992=9694), the Venus Data Analysis Program
(1994=9695) and the Planetary Atmospheres Program (1995=9697,
1998=962000). As co-investigator of the Kepler Mission, Jenkins is
responsible for designing and developing the heart of the
system, a signal processing chain that will survey some 170,000
Sun-like stars to detect transiting Earth-like planets where
life may possibly exist.

- Edward L. Wright has been a professor of astronomy at UCLA
since 1981. Since 1978, he has been a member of the Science
Working Group for the COsmic Background Explorer (COBE), an
Earth-orbiting satellite designed to measure radiation produced
by the Big Bang. An expert on cosmology and infrared astronomy,
he currently is interdisciplinary scientist on the Science
Working Group of the Spitzer Space Telescope, a project with
which he has been involved since 1976, as well as co-
investigator on the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, a mission
launched in 2001 as a follow-up to the COBE discovery of
fluctuations in the early universe and designed to observe the
formative stages of superclusters of galaxies. He is the
principal investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey
Explorer, scheduled for launch in 2008.

For the symposium schedule, please see:


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