Some Cool Events this weekend
 Life Beyond Earth Symposium
Hello {!firstname_fix} ,

With the really cold weather as of late, this is the perfect opportunity to take in some "cool"  events this weekend.

Wait a minute....somehow that doesn't sound right! 

Anyway, here we go:

The first is the Annual ASX Astronomy Symposium "Life Beyond Earth: which is Friday January 25th. 

Here are the details:

 Dr. Chris McKay from NASA Ames and Professor Sara Seager from MIT recognized by Time magazine as "one of the 25 most influential people on Space"

Where: 2158 JJR Macloed Auditorium
Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8

When:    Friday, 25 January 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Click here for ticket information.


Sara Seager  is a Professor of Planetary Science and a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a pioneer in the vast world of exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other than the sun. Her ground-breaking research ranges from the study of exoplanet atmospheres to innovative theories about life on other worlds to development of novel space mission concepts. Professor Seager earned her BSc in Math and Physics from the University of Toronto and her PhD from Harvard University and now holds the Class of 1941 Professorship at MIT. She is on the advisory board for Planetary Resources and the Rosalind Franklin Society. Professor Seager is the recipient of numerous academic awards including the 2012 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences and she has been frequently recognized in the media including most recently in Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012.


Kathryn Denning is an anthropologist and archaeologist at York University, where she teaches coursesranging from the Anthropology of Outer Space to Ancient Civilizations. Her current work with the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the SETI Institute includes co-leading projects on the evolution of intelligence on Earth, and astrobiology and society. She also studies Mars simulations, and current ideas about the human colonization of space.  Her SETI-related anthropological work focuses on scientists' ideas about what alien

intelligences would be like, the ongoing debates about active transmission projects, and the potential social impact of a SETI detection.

She has presented her work at the Royal Society UK, American Anthropological Association, the International Astronautical Congress, Bioastronomy, AbSciCon, and Singularity University. Her published SETI-related research includes explorations of: scientists' conceptions of ETI, and how these are influenced by culture, history, and by the technology used in SETI; interstellar message construction; debates about 'active SETI'; and, what civilizations on Earth tell us about the Drake factor "L" (a key variable in the Drake Equation).  She is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Committee and its Post-Detection task group, co-PI of the Astrobiology & Society Focus Group of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and co-PI of the Intelligence in Astrobiology project of the NAI and the SETI Institute. She greatly enjoyed a stint at the Mars Desert Research Station, and collaborates with Icarus Interstellar, Tau Zero, and the Lincoln Center Space Ethics group at Arizona State University. She is active in media outreach, and sometimes wanders off to investigate the undead, mythical beasts, and ancient apocalyptic ideas for television programs.


Chris McKay has done research on planetary atmospheres, particularly the atmospheres of Titan[3] and Mars, and on the origin and evolution of life. He is a co-investigator on the Huygens probe, the Mars Phoenix lander, and the Mars Science Laboratory. He also performed field research on extremophiles, in such locations as Death Valley, the Atacama Desert, Axel Heiberg Island, and ice-covered lakes in Antarctica.He is a member of the board of directors of the Planetary Society and also works with the Mars Society, and has written and spoken on space exploration and terraforming. He is also an adviser for the Microbes Mind Forum.

{!firstname_fix} ,the second event is a very interesting exhibit; 

At the Last event I went to at the Brockton Collective, I actually ended up buying
a very cool photographic print of the the Packard Automobile Factory (which closed down
in the late 1950's). 

You remember the Packard don't you?

I admit, it's a bit of a memory stretch for many, however if you love cars, you will know
what I am talking about.

Until last year, this factory was still "standing" and the photographer took a really
cool image of it, before they tore it down.

Now, I am sure their won't be any Packard photo's at this event, but as it says.
Windows to the World: Africa,   well I am sure it will pretty interesting!

PHOTOGRAPHERS WITHOUT BORDERS : Windows to the World Africa Series.

January  23-26, 2013 (OPENING NIGHT JAN 23, 7PM)

Join us at "The Brockton Collective" at 442a Dufferin Street for our Windows to the World: Africa series, featuring works from 15 different photographers, live hand drumming and bar service. Come connect with the photographers who produced these incredible works and make a purchase to add to your art collection, or simply come to look aroung. All pieces are limited edition PWB prints, with a portion of proceeds going to one of our awesome charities. Other exclusive PWB works will also be on display. Tickets are only $7! One ticket gets you in for all 4 days.

We would like to place special emphasis on our partner, The Olive Branch for Children (TOBFC), which does community development in rural, HIV/AIDS-affected areas of Tanzania. All prints sold at this exhibit will benefit TOBFC. We will also be presenting exclusive images from a recent International Photography Exchange Program project that took photographers to Tanzania to help supply images for two coffee table books that TOBFC and PWB will be launching in 2013/2014.

Tickets are $7 each. One ticket is good for all 4 days. You will not be given a physical ticket--you will be added to a list under your email address!

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