First half: Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean in the College of Science at the University of Arizona. His research interests are observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He will describe how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond Earth.
Second half: Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia, Rosalyn Berne is an expert in the social and ethical implications of newly developed and emerging technologies. She will discuss the frontiers in synthetic biology, nanotechnology, reproductive technologies and what these may mean with human life and our relationship with one another and the Earth. She will also update her work on communication between humans and animals.
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