The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond
In a bold 2004 paper, genetic scientists Craig Venter and Daniel Cohen claimed that while the 20th century had been the Century of Physics, the 21st century would be the century of biology and outlined the fantastic potential of genomic research to define this period. While these predictions have come true, space scientist Jill Tarter says that these predictions are short-sighted because this century will give scientists the first opportunities to study biology beyond Earth, biology as we don't yet know it, and biology that we have exported off the surface of our planet. The technologies, many of which don't yet exist, needed for discovering extraterrestrial biology will be explored by Tarter.
Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View. California. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master's Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Project Scientist for NASA's SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide. She is a Fellow of the AAAS and the California Academy of Sciences, where she now serves as President of the Academy.
Tarter also was named one of the Time 100 in 2004, and one of the Time 25 in Space in 2012, received a TED prize in 2009. public service awards from NASA, multiple awards for communicating science to the public, and has been honored as a woman in technology. Since the funding for NASA's SETI program was cut in 1993, she has served in a leadership role to design and build the Allen Telescope Array and to secure private funding to continue the exploratory science of SETI. Many people are now familiar with her work as portrayed by Jodie Foster in the movie Contact, which was based on the book by Carl Sagan.
This lecture will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center at 1845 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa. Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.
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