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St John's College Annual Borderlands Lecture

(12 September 2018)

Dr Jennifer Wiseman, senior astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA, will give this lecture entitled 'Our curious universe' on Monday, 15 October at 6.30pm in ER140, Elvet Riverside. This lecture is free to attend but spaces are limited. To register your interest please email

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. She is also interested in national science policy and public science engagement, and directs the programme of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her BS in physics from MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued her studies at Harvard, earning a PhD in astronomy in 1995. Dr Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science.

...Closer to home, planets in other star systems are being discovered by the thousands. New discoveries are also inspiring intriguing questions: Why and how has the universe become hospitable for life? What would be the nature of life beyond our solar system? What is the mysterious ubiquitous dark matter and dark energy? And what is the ultimate fate of the universe and life? Such issues touch on the larger, rich contemplations beyond science about the relationship of life and humanity to the cosmos.

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