URI Honors Colloquium

Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Honors Program

Honors Colloquium 2017 –

Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything


September 12, 2017 – December 5, 2017


Dawn Cardace, Joel Chandlee, Holly Dunsworth, Albert Kausch, and Alycia Moseley Austin

Where did we come from? How did the universe begin? How did galaxies, stars and planets form? How did life begin? How did intelligent, rational beings arise? And, from such humble beginnings, how did we develop a mind that can ask these big questions?

The topic of ‘origins’ will be explored in 2017 Honors Colloquium and will include speakers whose work pursues answers to these important questions. Please join us as we provide a forum to shed light on our current best understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Speakers will include:

October 3, 2017 

Robert Hazen – Earth scientist, Mineralogist and Astrobiologist.

He is a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University.

October 10, 2017 

Emily Lakdawalla – Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist.

She is a science writer and blogger of The Planetary Society.

October 17, 2017 

Jack Szostak – Geneticist and 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate.

He is Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, and Alex A. Rich Distinguished Investigator, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital.

October 24, 2017 

Paul Davies – Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Astrobiologist and Best-Selling Author.

He is Regents’ Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University.

NOTE: More speakers and presentations to come! Please check back soon.

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or dgardiner@uri.edu.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Lynne Derbyshire at 401.874.4732 or derbyshire@uri.edu.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least five business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 711.

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