Astronomer to Speak at WWU About Extraterrestrial Life

A scientist who claims there are aliens in space will speak at William Woods University Monday. Dedicated to the hunt for ET and other intelligent beings elsewhere in the galaxy, Dr. Seth Shostak is senior astronomer with SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

His talk, part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

seth-shostak-for-webThe SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach. The institute began operations in 1985; today it employs more than 120 scientists, educators and support staff. The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.

In addition to his position with SETI Institute, Shostak has co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, and continues to write trade books on SETI. He has published nearly 300 popular articles on science, gives many dozens of talks annually, and is the host of the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, “Big Picture Science” He is also editor of the institute’s Explorer magazine.

One of his personal goals is to interest the public, and especially young people, in science in general, and astrobiology in particular.

Shostak grew up in Arlington, Va., and claims to have developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of 10, when he first picked up a book about the solar system. He earned his physics degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.

He is the 2004 winner of the Klumpke-Roberts Award presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.

WWU’s President’s Concert and Lecture Series brings speakers and top entertainment to campus for the enjoyment of students and the community. For more information on the speech, contact Brenda Foster at brenda.foster@williamwoods.edu.