TechZulu is honored to bring you the very first Mindshare LA from the West Side! Live this thursday November 15, at 8:30pm. For those who may be unfamiliar with Mindshare LA, over the years Mindshare has become a mecca for intellectuals, artists, scientists and other progressive characters to broaden their perspective and find community in this vast city.
Mindshare LA teamed up with UCLA and are presenting “From Whence We Came…” With an amazing lineup of speakers that will guide you through life, Earth, Time, Space and across the universe.
Ed Young, Ph.D. / Professor of Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry, Department of Earth and Space Sciences and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
How did the Earth come into existence? Where did the rock-melting heat come from? As it cooled, how did its oceans appear? The Kepler mission has found a huge amount of distant suns that have planets orbiting them within the habitable zone. But how likely is it that the conditions for life are “just right”?
Professor Young’s projects range from the origins of the solar system to identifying isotopic biosignatures here on Earth. His lab’s tools are mass spectrometers, ultraviolet and infrared lasers, ion exchange resins, telescopic observations of young stars, and presses for squeezing and heating rocks to immense pressures and temperatures.
Abby Kavner Ph.D. / Associate Professor, Dept of Earth and Space Sciences
The study of Geology has continued to push our understanding of where Earth has come from… and where it’s going. Geology uses timescales that boggle the mind and make us appreciate consciousness as a little blip on the vast landscape of space and time.
Professor Kavner runs the mineral physics program at UCLA whose goal is to understand how the properties of minerals help determine the behavior of the Earth & planets. The goal of the research group is to measure physical and chemical properties of materials in the laboratory, to further our understanding of the Earth and planets.
Jean-Luc Margot Ph.D. / Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA
One of the greatest discoveries imaginable is the discovery of life on another world. The cosmos is replete with planets and with the ingredients for life, so the prospect for the existence of life on other planets is quite good. Is there intelligent life out there? If we find a civilization that can communicate, it will almost certainly be far more advanced than we are.
Professor Margot studies the formation and evolution of habitable worlds with students and postdocs in a lively research group. His group conducts research with a variety of telescopes and spacecraft data, including the largest telescope on Earth at Arecibo in Puerto Rico, the Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and the Hubble and Kepler Space Telescopes.