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Nov. 11 Lecture Examines Extreme Environments on Earth & Search for Life in the Universe
As part of the 11th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Lynn Rothschild, Ph.D.
, of the NASA Ames Research Center
, will discuss Life at The Edge: Life in Extreme Environments on Earth & the Search for Life in the Universe
, an illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College
in Los Altos Hills. This talk is part of the local events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy
in 2009. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.
Dr. Rothschild has gone from the Bolivian Andes to the Rift Valley of Kenya searching for the hardiest of organisms in the most extreme environments for life. By getting to know life forms on Earth that can occupy the most hostile niches, we can begin to understand the survival requirements for life in general. She will describe her quest for "life at the edge" and how such discoveries shape our search for life in the Solar System and beyond.
An astrobiologist, she specializes in evolutionary microbiology and the use of molecular and cellular techniques to understand DNA damage and photosynthesis in nature. As a consulting professor at Stanford University, she teaches the popular Astrobiology & Space Exploration
The free lecture series is sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program
, NASA Ames Research Center
, SETI Institute
and Astronomical Society of the Pacific
. Past lectures from the series are available online in MP3-format
Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. Parking lots 1, 7 and 8
provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. For more information, access www.foothill.edu
or call (650) 949-7888.