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Public Science Lecture Series

Public Science Lecture Series

Hosted by Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences, the Public Lecture Series is an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science. After the lecture, attendees are invited to visit the Olin Physical Sciences Building rooftop to view the stars from the Ortega telescope, weather permitting. 



Lectures are typically held 4th Friday of each month during the academic year.

Fall 2019

August 23, Dr. Jérémy Riousset, Florida Institute of Technology.

Martian Lightning: Life Spark or Death Stroke?

September 27, Dr. Toby Daly-Engel, Florida Institute of Technology

SHARKS: Research, conservation, and the Myth of the Shark Attack

October 25, Kenneth J. Ernandes, M. Eng, Forida Institute of Technology & L3Harris Technologies

Educational Participation in Huma Space Flight: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

November 22, Dr. Steven Lazarus, Florida Institute of Technology

Spring 2020

January 24, Dr. Christopher Bennett, University of Central Florida.

The origin of life from the interstellar medium to life on Earth

How likely is it to find life elsewhere in the Solar System, or even the Universe besides Earth? How unique were the conditions on Earth that may have been favorable for life to flourish, and how likely may they be to arise elsewhere. These questions are some of the most difficult to provide definitive answers to, but by studying what we know about the chemical inventories of interstellar ices that form Solar Systems, and meteorites - which are time capsules of the early Solar system environment we are able to shed some clues on this. In this talk, we take a rapid tour of chemical evolution from the interstellar medium, through the solar system, to the early Earth. Here, we show that by performing astrochemistry surface science experiments that simulate the conditions of the Early Solar System as well as simulations of the prebiotic Earth environment, analyzed utilizing state-of-the-art experimental techniques, we may be starting to unravel how likely it may be for conditions favorable to life to arise elsewhere...

February 28, Dr. Todd J. Henry, Georgia State University

March 27, Dr. Catherin Espaillat, Boston University

April 28th, Dr. Adrienne Dove, University of Central Florida


8:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. - Lecture.
9:00 p.m - 10:30 p.m. - Public observatory open house, weather permitting.

Locations and Parking

F. W. Olin Engineering Complex, auditorium room 118 (lecture).

F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Building, 4th floor accessed via elevator (public observatory open house, weather permitting).

Once on campus, the nearest parking is on "Engineering Street" and in the "Panther Place".

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