Science speaker aims for stars

The Science in Society speaker series is turning to the stars to close out what has been a stellar season...

The Science in Society speaker series is turning to the stars to close out what has been a stellar season at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College.

Dr. Chris Impey, deputy head of the astronomy department at the University of Arizona will present a free lecture on life beyond earth April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

“The search for life in the universe addresses one of the most profound issues in science – the status of biology on Earth in a cosmos that is likely to contain many habitable planets with all the ingredients needed for biology,” he said.

Impey is the author of the The Living Cosmos, which sheds light on astrobiology, and How it Began: A Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Universe.

He has been named National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

The free event in Vernon is sponsored by the American Astronomical Society as part of its Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship program.

“We aim to cover a variety of science areas – thinking in particular what might be especially topical from a public point of view,” said Carl Doige, an Okanagan College professor who helps co-ordinate Science in Society along with the Okanagan Science Centre.

The Science in Society series is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee, and The Morning Star.

For more information, go to www.okscience.ca or call 250-545-3644.