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10th Annual Symposium Report!
You can read a report of our 10th annual symposium which was held on January 25, 2013 and we hosted three great speakers.
To read the report, click here.
To see some photos of the event click here.
10th Annual Symposium
It is getting closer to ASX 10th annual symposium. This year it would be on January 25, 2013 ( Mark it on your calender!) The topic is life on other planets and we are hosting great speakers Dr. Chris McKay from NASA Ames and Professor Sara Seager from MIT.
Where: 2158 JJR Macloed Auditorium
Medical Sciences Building
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
When: Friday, 25 January 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
Click here for ticket information.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Kathryn Denning is an anthropologist and archaeologist at York University, where she teaches coursesranging from the Anthropology of Outer Space to Ancient Civilizations. Her current work with the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the SETI Institute includes co-leading projects on the evolution of intelligence on Earth, and astrobiology and society. She also studies Mars simulations, and current ideas about the human colonization of space. Her SETI-related anthropological work focuses on scientists’ ideas about what alien
intelligences would be like, the ongoing debates about active transmission projects, and the potential social impact of a SETI detection.
She has presented her work at the Royal Society UK, American Anthropological Association, the International Astronautical Congress, Bioastronomy, AbSciCon, and Singularity University. Her published SETI-related research includes explorations of: scientists’ conceptions of ETI, and how these are influenced by culture, history, and by the technology used in SETI; interstellar message construction; debates about ‘active SETI’; and, what civilizations on Earth tell us about the Drake factor “L” (a key variable in the Drake Equation). She is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Committee and its Post-Detection task group, co-PI of the Astrobiology & Society Focus Group of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and co-PI of the Intelligence in Astrobiology project of the NAI and the SETI Institute. She greatly enjoyed a stint at the Mars Desert Research Station, and collaborates with Icarus Interstellar, Tau Zero, and the Lincoln Center Space Ethics group at Arizona State University. She is active in media outreach, and sometimes wanders off to investigate the undead, mythical beasts, and ancient apocalyptic ideas for television programs.
Chris McKay has done research on planetary atmospheres, particularly the atmospheres of Titan and Mars, and on the origin and evolution of life. He is a co-investigator on the Huygens probe, the Mars Phoenix lander, and the Mars Science Laboratory. He also performed field research on extremophiles, in such locations as Death Valley, the Atacama Desert, Axel Heiberg Island, and ice-covered lakes in Antarctica.He is a member of the board of directors of the Planetary Society and also works with the Mars Society, and has written and spoken on space exploration and terraforming. He is also an adviser for the Microbes Mind Forum.
ASX Movie and election Night
It’s that time of year again! ASX is back in action and our first event of the year will be a movie night taking place this Friday, September 28th! Since there’s been so much buzz lately with the Curiosity rover lately, we’ve decided to show a movie about Mars! We’ll be deciding between two movies once the event starts! The movie will either pertain to Life on Mars, or Can we make it to Mars!
Refreshments will be provided!
Date: Friday, September 28th! (This Friday!! Mark it on your calendar!!)
Location: ES B142 (basement), 33 Willcocks Street, M5S 3B3
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Hope to see you all there!
StarFest 2012 Report
Several ASX members attended starfest 2012. It was a great event with clear skies for observing, and great lectures. To learn more, check out a report by one of the ASX exec members who attended this year’s starfest:
Click HERE to check out the report.
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