Title: Astrobiology: What Is It and What Can Be Done About It?
Speaker: Dr. Andrew H. Knoll
Abstract: Scientists and the public alike have long been fascinated by the possibility that life might exist elsewhere in the universe. Recently, however, the interest of NASA and its international partners in this question has been piqued by discoveries in microbiology, paleontology and extrasolar planetology, not to mention the sensational and controversial report of evidence for life in a martian meteorite. In this lecture, the scientific rationale and emerging research agendas of astrobiology will be discussed, with special emphasis on insights gained from the deep history of life on Earth.
To be scheduled