Distinguished alumnus to give lecture on the search for extraterrestrial life

The UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences will be hosting its annual lecture, “Focusing the search for biosignatures on Mars”.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in the Sequoia Room at the UCLA Faculty Center.  The reception will begin at 5:30pm followed by the lecture at 7pm.

Researcher Dorothy Oehler (M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’73) is a planetary geologist and Precambrian paleontologist at Johnson Space Center (JSC). She is  interested in finding ways to identify the biosignatures of potential extraterrestrial life, and is currently working to establish new criteria for identifying the presence of primitive life form remnants.  Oehler brings her search to Mars by using geological data to identify habitable sites on the planet where fragments of ancient Martian life may have been preserved.

For more information visit: http://www.ess.ucla.edu/alumni-lecture-2012/ .

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