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Rocks, Water & Life on Other Planets

with Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Online
Monday, January 25, 2021 • Monday, February 1, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are no longer being accepted.

New research shows that most stars in our sky have planets orbiting them, and rocky planets everywhere have a good chance of forming with water oceans, and of being habitable, at least for a while. In this master class, we will track water through the process of building planets, and touch on several mysteries along the way. How do the dust grains surrounding a young star accrete into rocky bodies that can form planets? How do planetary formation processes make rocky, icy, and gas planets? Where did the Earth’s water come from?

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission, managing director of the Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University, and co-founder of Beagle Learning. She was Astor Fellow at the University of Oxford and has served on the Planetary Decadal Survey Mars panel and the Mars 2020 Rover Science Definition Team. A recipient of the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize and The Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship. In 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Asteroid (8252) Elkins-Tanton is named for her.

Einstein and Relativity

with Brian Greene
Online
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 •
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are no longer being accepted.

Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs revolutionized our conception of the universe. In this class, which presumes no background in the subject, we will explore visually how his insights transformed our understanding of space and time.

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of Columbia’s Center for Theoretical Physics. His most recent book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, was published in February 2020.

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