2018 Dan MacLennan Lecture:
Dr. Jason Kalirai, Space Telescope Science Institute
Our Place in the Universe
Friday, November 9, 2018
Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St. 7 – 9 p.m.
From Galileo, to Edwin Hubble, to scientists using NASA's Space Telescopes, our understanding of the fundamental question "What is our Place in the Universe" has been overthrown numerous times. Join Dr. Jason Kalirai as he journeys the cosmos and shapes a roadmap to answer the next installment of this question: are we alone?
This year’s Dan MacLennan Lecture in Astronomy is being presented as part of STEMfest 2018, of which Saint Mary’s University is a major sponsor.
Biography of Dr. Jason Kalirai
Dr. Jason Kalirai is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore MD, and recent recipient of Maryland's Outstanding Young Scientist award. He obtained his PhD in astrophysics in 2004 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His research interests include studying the lifecyles of stars and how they impact the galaxies in which they reside. He is a frequent user of the mighty Hubble Space Telescope, and many large ground-based observatories. Dr. Kalirai is also the Project Scientist for STScI and is actively involved in motivating and building bold future missions for space exploration, such as NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Kalirai is passionate about engaging the public and students about the importance of science, and the wonders of the Universe. He has recieved numerous awards for his work.