Dr. Jennifer Wiseman
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. She previously headed the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics.
She studies star forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes, with a particular interest in molecular cloud cores, protostars, and outflows. Dr. Wiseman is also interested in science policy and public science outreach and engagement. She is Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.
Recent technological advances in astronomy have allowed us to peer more deeply into the Universe than ever before. We now see galaxies shining from over 13 billion years in the past, illuminating for us a universe producing hundreds of billions of galaxies that teem with stars. Closer home we are also for the first time detecting thousands of planetary systems beyond our own solar system, making the possibility of finding another "Earth" ever more plausible. What are we to make of such grandeur? Is humanity diminished or enhanced in significance in comparison to the vast magnitude of the cosmos? The lenses of science, religion, and philosophy will help us reflect on our place in an amazing universe.
Galaxies, Stars, and Life: A Universe Inspiring Praise!
A conversation concerning science and faith in an awe inspiring Universe that demands praise!
7 – 8:30pm Ray Elementary School, 5631 S Kimbark Ave
Reception and refreshments will follow each talk.