About the Event
Despite 50 years of searching, scientists involved in the hunt for cosmic company have still not turned up any compelling evidence that it’s out there. But developments in both astronomy and technology are speeding up the search, and we might make a discovery of other inhabitants of the galaxy within a few decades. How and where we’re looking, what we might find, and how will society react are the subjects of this presentation.
About the Speaker
Seth Shostak (PhD '72) is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in astronomy from Caltech. For much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately sixty papers in professional journals. For more than a decade, he worked at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, in Groningen, The Netherlands, using the Westerbork Radio Synthesis Telescope. He also founded and ran a company producing computer animation for TV.
Seth has penned over five hundred magazine, newspaper and web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television. He lectures on astronomy and other subjects at various academic venues. Seth has been a Distinguished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and was Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Committee for ten years.
Frequently interviewed for radio and TV, Seth has been seen and/or heard on Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, History Channel, the BBC, “Nightline,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Coast to Coast AM,” NPR, CNN News, and National Geographic Television. He is the host of a one-hour weekly radio program on current research entitled “Big Picture Science,” distributed on more than 100 stations.
Seth has edited and contributed to approximately a dozen books. His first popular tome, “Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life” (Berkeley Hills Books) appeared in March 1998, followed by “Cosmic Company” in 2002 (Cambridge Univ. Press). He has also co-authored an astrobiology textbook, “Life in the Universe” (Pearson), and his latest trade book is “Confessions of an Alien Hunter” (National Geographic). In 2004, he won the Klumpke-Roberts Prize for the popularization of astronomy, and in 2015 the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.
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