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Thursday, August 27 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
What Does It Mean to be Human? Implications of the Search for Life Beyond Earth

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Astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman will explore new findings in the search for planets and life beyond Earth with Harvard evolutionary biologist and Episcopal priest Lucas Mix. No longer constrained to science fiction, the search for new extrasolar planets is accelerating at an incredible rate as new worlds are discovered, some of them potentially habitable. This discussion will consider implications of these new findings for our understanding of the significance of life in the universe.


Moderators
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Se Kim

Project Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, AAAS
Dr. Se Kim is the Project Director at the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. Her extensive research background includes human and mammalian genetics, neurobiology, and molecular plant cell biology. Dr. Kim holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine. She continued her research at Rice University, where she was awarded the highly... Read More →

Speakers
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Lucas Mix

Researcher, Harvard Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Episcopal priest
Rev. Lucas Mix, Ph.D. studies the variety of concepts of life in science, theology, and philosophy. He earned his doctorate in evolutionary biology from Harvard in 2004, studying the evolution of photosynthesis. He has been involved with the NASA astrobiology program since 1999 and continues to consult for them on interdisciplinary communication.  Rev. Mix was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church (USA) in 2008 and has served as pastor and... Read More →
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Jennifer Wiseman

Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman is the director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. She is also an astrophysicist at NASA, where she studies the formation of stars and planetary systems using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics for her bachelor’s degree at MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987. After earning her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1995, she... Read More →


Thursday August 27, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor