From Galileo, to Edwin Hubble, to scientists using NASA's Space Telescopes, our understanding of the fundamental question, "What is our Place in the Universe" has been overthrown numerous times. Join Dr. Jason Kalirai at The Lowline Lab on January 14th, 12pm as he journeys the cosmos and shapes a roadmap to answer the next installment of this question; Are We Alone?
Bio: Jason Kalirai is a research astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD, and recent recipient of Maryland's Outstanding Young Scientist award. He obtained his PhD in astrophysics in 2004 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His research interests include studying the formation and evolution of stars and nearby galaxies using powerful ground and space-based telescopes. He is a frequent user of the Hubble Space Telescope and was also recently the Project Scientist for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope at STScI, the soon to launch successor to Hubble. For his research, Dr. Kalirai has received numerous awards including the 2014 American Astronomical Society Newton Lacy Pierce prize. He has also been selected as one of Baltimore's "Top 40 under 40" and was selected as a Kavli Fellow in 2014. In addition to his research program, Dr. Kalirai is very active in communicating science to the general public and has led more than 100 public outreach events in the past 5 years. More information is available on his website at www.jasonkalirai.com or through his twitter handle, @JasonKalirai.
There is a suggested donation of $10 but ANYTHING is appreciated (yes, $1 is okay). RSVP is highly suggested. All proceeds go towards making the Lowline Park a reality. Walk-in participation will also be welcome if available, but seats will go first to those who reserved tickets online.