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ISCAST-CASE Lecture: Galaxies, Stars, Planets and Life

March 27, 2018

Speaker - Dr Jennifer Wiseman BSc (MIT), PhD (Harvard), Senior Astrophysicist (NASA)

Lecture: Galaxies, Stars, Planets and Life: Investigating a Fruitful Universe 

Date: Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 7.30 pm

Venue: Main Common Room, New College UNSW at 330 Anzac Pde Kensington NSW

Cost: Donations at the door of $15 ($5 for students and $10 for pensioners) towards lecture and other costs would be much appreciated. Entry is free for New Collegians and Residents of NCV. There will also be some light refreshments after the lecture. 

Register: For catering purposes and so that we can provide you with a nametag, please register by clicking the BOOK NOW button above. Donations can be made at the door and no payment will be collected in the online registration process. 

More Information: Contact (Em. Prof) Peter Barry | p.barry@unsw.edu.au | M: 0419 243 685 | ISCAST Website


Modern telescopes are enabling exciting discoveries scarcely imagined by earlier generations: black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and exoplanets, to name a few. Such discoveries are shedding light on a universe that has apparently been growing more mature, complex, and hospitable for life for nearly 14 billion years. What is our sense of human identity and significance in such an incredibly rich, ancient, and evolving universe? Jennifer will discuss some examples of great beauty, power, and mystery in the recently unveiled cosmos.

Dr Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies star-forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes, and currently serves as a senior astrophysicist with NASA. She also directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her BSc. in physics from MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued her studies at Harvard, earning a PhD in astronomy in 1995. She continued her research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science. She enjoys giving talks for schools, civic and campus groups on the excitement of scientific discovery. She grew up on an Arkansas farm enjoying late night stargazing walks with her parents and pets.