35th Annual Bunyan Lecture: Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds

May 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Campus, Hewlett Teaching Center, 370 Serra Mall, Auditorium 201

Professor Sara Seager (MIT)

We are happy to invite you to our 35th Annual Bunyan lecture that will be presented Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:30pm.    Please come and meet MIT Professor Sara Seager and hear her lecture entitled, "Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds."  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Below is are several links that you might find helpful including the Stanford Physics Dept event announcement with all details. We are happy to also inform you that we uploaded several Bunyan lectures onto the Physics Department YouTube website (see link below) that you might find interesting.  If you have difficulty hearing a lecture, please use closed captions.  Below is the lecture abstract and Prof. Sara Seager's short bio:


For thousands of years people have wondered, "Are there planets like Earth?" "Are such planets common?" "Do any have signs of life?"  Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions, having recently found thousands of planets that orbit nearby Sun-like stars, called "exoplanets".  Professor Sara Seager will share the latest advanced in this revolutionary field.


Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Professor Sara Seager is a planetary scientist and astrophysicist.  She has been a pioneer in the vast and unknown world of exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other than the sun.  Her ground-breaking research ranges from the detection of exoplanet atmospheres to innovative theories about life on other worlds to development of novel space mission concepts.  Now, dubbed an "astronomical Indiana Jones", she on a quest after the field's holy grail, the discovery of a true Earth twin.  Amongst many accolades, Professor Seager was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, was named in Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012, and has Asteroid 9729 Seager named in her honor.


We hope to see you on May 14th @ 7:30pm.