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Free Public Talk on “Life at the Edge”

November 11, 2009 @ 12:00 am

LIFE AT THE EDGE: Life in Extreme Environments on Earth and the Search for Life in the Universe -- a talk by Dr. Lynn Rothschild, NASA Ames Research Ctr.
part of the 11th Annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
in the Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280, in Los Altos Hills, California.

Free and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $2.
Call the series hot-line at 650-949-7888 for more information and driving directions.

Lynn Rothschild has gone from the Bolivian Andes to the Rift Valley of Kenya searching for the hardiest of organisms in the most extreme environments for life. By getting to know life forms on Earth that can occupy the most hostile niches, we can begin to understand the survival requirements for life in general. Dr. Rothschild will describe her quest for "life at the edge" and how such discoveries will shape our search for life in the Solar System and beyond.

Dr. Rothschild is an astrobiologist at NASA Ames where she specializes in evolutionary microbiology and the use of molecular and cellular techniques to understand DNA damage and photosynthesis in nature. As a Consulting Professor at Stanford, she teaches a popular course on Astrobiology and Space Exploration.

No background in science will be required for this talk. Seating is first come, first served.

The lectures are co-sponsored by:
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

This talk is part of the local events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy in 2009.

Past Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are now available in MP3 format at:
http://www.astrosociety.org/education/podcast/index.html

Details

Date:
November 11, 2009
Time:
12:00 am

Venue

USA – California
California USA
Phone:
(626) 793-5100

Organizer

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
Phone:
650-949-7888
Website:
http://www.foothill.edu/ast