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The 2019 Science Symposium at Wheaton College is focused on exoplanets.

Exoplanets - Life in the Universe?

A decade of discoveries from HARPS

March 27-28,  2019

Billy Graham Center, Barrows Auditorium

"Exoplanets and Life in the Universe” will be the topic of Wheaton’s Science Symposium for this spring, organized by the Physics and Engineering Department. The symposium takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on March 27 and 28. On the evening of the 27th, Dr. Wiens will talk about the latest exploration of Mars and prospects for life there. This will be followed by Dr. Arend J. Poelarends, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Wheaton College, discussing the search for exoplanets and what has been found so far. On the evening of the 28th, Dr. Stephens will speak on exoplanet signatures for life and how we can detect such signatures. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the implications of discovering life elsewhere in the universe.

Along with our three speakers, the panel will include Rev. Dr. Emily H. McGowin, associate lecturer of theology, and Dr. Robert O’Connor, associate professor of philosophy, both at Wheaton College.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Roger Wiens,  Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Dr. Arend J. Poelarends, Wheaton College
  • Dr. Denise Stephens, Bringham Young University
  • Rev. Dr. Emily H. McGowinWheaton College
  • Dr. Robert O’ConnorWheaton College

Sessions are free and open to the public. The Billy Graham Center is located at 501 College Ave, in Wheaton, IL. For more information, contact the Physics and Engineering Department at 630.752.5007.