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Fire and Ice: The Impact of Comets on Life

Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tour the Tables in the Lobby outside the Theater from 6 PM – 7 PM and Visit with…

Reps from Community Organizations to learn about Summer and other Science Opportunities for Students.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured Speaker: Erika Gibb, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Comets—they’ve often gotten a bad rap—film and science fiction novels portray doomsday impact scenarios of death and destruction, and within the last century, at least three fireball impacts are reported to have caused significant damage on the ground. They may indeed have caused catastrophic destruction and they may yet again, but could they also be the reason there is life here on our planet? Comets carry the ingredients for life and they may have delivered them to the ancient Earth.

University of Missouri – St. Louis astrobiologist, Dr. Erika Gibb discusses how comets are studied, what we know about them, what contributions they may have made to Earth’s oceans and biosphere, and what we still have to learn.

Photo: W. M. Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Erika Gibb.

Presented in partnership with the University of Missouri – St. Louis

STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 – 4 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2011.

DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science— Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Location: Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex,
Kirkwood, MO 63122

FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.

FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

Pioneering Science Series co-sponsor:


Thursday, September 29, 2011
6:00 PM-8:30 PM
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