Expert on Extraterrestrial Intelligence to visit Waterloo, Ontario



    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Dr. Jill Tarter, Director for the Center for
SETI Research, will be in Ontario on March 7, 2007 to take part in Perimeter
Institute's popular monthly public lecture series. She will speak on the topic
of "Life, the Universe and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
(SETI)".

    Newswise

    Hollywood movies about aliens abound, but do they really exist? The real
scientific search for evidence of life, and particularly intelligent life,
elsewhere in the cosmos is just as exciting as the "reel" version, and a lot
more logical. So far, there is 'life-as-we-know-it' to guide our speculations
and observations. But a new appreciation for the tenacity of life, a growing
respect for the world of microbes, and new research technologies involving
observatories and spacecraft are rapidly expanding our viewpoint. Many expect
surprises. SETI is at the forefront of this research and has plans to extend
its range out even further into the galaxy, looking for evidence of someone
else's technology. In the next few decades, scientists will take a much closer
look at places within our solar system where liquid water (or even vast
oceans) may exist and harbour life. They will also probe the closest stars to
see if other 'Earths' and biospheres exist. Dr. Jill Tarter will describe
research in a discipline some call the "archaeology of the future."

    About the Speaker:

    Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research and is
Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain
View, California. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree
with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master's Degree and Ph.D. in
Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Project
Scientist for NASA's SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and
has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories
worldwide. Since the termination of funding for NASA's SETI program in 1993,
she has served in a leadership role to secure private funding to continue this
exploratory science.

    About PI:

    Perimeter Institute is an independent, non-profit research centre where
international scientists are clustering to push the limits of our
understanding of physical laws by contemplating and calculating new ideas
about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. The Institute,
located in Waterloo just outside Toronto, also provides a wide array of
educational outreach activities for students, teachers and the general public
across Canada and beyond in order to share the joys of creative inquiry,
research, discovery and innovation. Additional information available at
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca.





For further information:

For further information: To coordinate an interview with Jill Tarter,
please contact Renée Ellis, (519) 569-7600 ext. 5040,
rellis@perimeterinstitute.ca.

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