FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series to Present ‘NASA’s Hunt for Earth2: Kepler’s Shower of Planets!’
BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 7, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present a lecture by Gibor Basri, Ph.D., as part of the 2013 Frontiers in Science public lecture series, titled “NASA’s Hunt for Earth2: Kepler’s Shower of Planets!” The lecture will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
“The space telescope, ‘Kepler,’ launched in March 2009 to search for terrestrial planets around other stars,” said Basri. “Since then, the Kepler mission is rapidly leading us to the conclusion that most stars have planets going around them, and the number of planets like Earth could easily be in the billions, just in our own galaxy.”
In his lecture, Basri will describe how the Kepler mission works, highlighting some of the amazing discoveries of the first four years and sharing examples of potential earth-like planets. He is an astronomy professor at the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in physics and astrophysics, and his research focuses on star formation and stellar activity. Basri earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Stanford University and his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The lecture is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.