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Science Lecture Series


Join us for the 2016-2017 UC Riverside Science Lecture Series: 


Science Lecture Series

Are we alone? The search for alien life is defining a new era of space exploration – from Mars and icy moons in our solar system to Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. Learn how scientists hope to find life beyond Earth, and explore what that means for humanity.

6 – 7:30 p.m. 
University Theatre
UC Riverside

Free and open to the public
Free parking in UCR Lot 6
Activities! Refreshments! Prizes!

Live Streaming of Lectures

Can't attend a lecture? The 2016-17 Science Lectures Series will be streamed live and recorded for viewing later.
Live Stream

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Our Cosmic Origins: Stars, Galaxies, and the Stuff of Life"
Speaker: Bahram Mobasher, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Associate Director, Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center, UC Riverside
Special Guest Panel Discussion: "Humanity’s Place in the Universe”
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Alternate Earths: How Earth’s Past Guides NASA’s Search for Life"
Speaker: Tim Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry and Director, Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center, UC Riverside
Telescope Viewing Event: "Our Celestial Neighbors”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"Ocean Worlds: Missions to Icy Moons and Dwarf Planets"
Speaker: Kevin Hand, Deputy Project Scientist, Solar System Exploration Directorate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Hands-on Science Experience: "Sensing the Universe”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Mars 2020 & Beyond: Will We Find Life on the Red Planet?"
Speaker: Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission and Director, Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Special Guest Panel Discussion: "Colonizing the Solar System"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Alien Planets: Are There Other Earths Lurking in Our Galaxy?"
Speaker: Antigona Segura Peralta, Professor of Astrobiology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Special Activity: TBD

Previous Lectures and Videos

Here you can find a list of our previous lecture series.
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Professional development credit for teachers

Teachers who are interested in receiving professional development credit for attending the lecture series must make arrangements in advance with University Extension.

Contact Annette Webb, by calling (951) 827-1653 or send an email to awebb@ucx.ucr.edu. To receive credit, teachers must attend all lectures in the series.

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Additional Information

Still looking for more information or have questions? Tell us your comments, questions, and concerns by calling (951) 827-5089, or email Carol Lerner


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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College Information

CNAS Dean's Office
College Building North, Floors 2 & 3
Tel: (951) 827-6555
Fax: (951) 827-4190

Personnel Services
Life Sciences, Floor 2

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