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"IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with Help from Eight Million Volunteers" talks set for Oct. 15

October 8, 2010

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On Friday, Oct. 15 Dan Werthimer from the University of California-Berkeley will give two talks describing current scientific efforts to answer this question of whether humans are alone in the universe, or if advanced civilizations exist elsewhere.

The first talk, "IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with Help from Eight Million Volunteers," will be held at 4:10 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater as part of the physics department's colloquium series. It will be accessible to a broad audience. The second talk, also called "IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with Help from Eight Million Volunteers," will take place at 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies. Its content will have overlap with the first talk, and it will be accessible to the general public. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Werthimer is a staff scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory and is an expert in the use of astronomical techniques in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). He is co-founder and chief scientist of the SETI@home project and directs other UC Berkeley SETI searches at radio, infrared and visible wavelengths, including the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations (SERENDIP). He is also the principal investigator for the worldwide Collaboration for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER).

An abstract of the physics colloquium can be found at:
http://www.physics.montana.edu/calendars/abstracts10/werthimer.pdf

Details of the talk at the Museum of the Rockies are available at: http://www.museumoftherockies.org/Home/PARTICIPATE/AllEvents/tabid/68/ModuleID/1066/ItemID/2381/mctl/EventDetails/Default.aspx?selecteddate=10/15/2010.