Professor Alan Calder
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, February 6, 2009

Are you there E.T.? It's us, Earth: An Update on the Search for Life in the Universe

Mankind has long speculated about the existence and nature of life elsewhere in the Universe. While there is no accepted evidence of life anywhere other than Earth, contemporary studies apply the scientific method to answer these questions. The study of life in the Universe encompasses many traditional disciplines including Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Geology, and has been dubbed the field of "Astrobiology."

In the next of the popular series Astronomy Open Night, Prof. Alan Calder will discuss the scientific search for life in the Universe. He will describe how our understanding of life on Earth guides the search for life elsewhere and some of the tools utilized in the search.

Prof. Calder joined the Stony Brook Physics and Astronomy department in 2007 after research appointments at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. His research is in numerically modeling astrophysical phenomena, and he has studied core collapse and thermonuclear supernovae, coalescing white dwarfs, and classical novae.