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July 14, 2015

Got Planets? We See Them and We Can "Make" Them!

A conversation with

Dr. Olenka Hubickyj

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

SRI Menlo Park
Middlefield Road at Ringwood
International Building
Open to all – Free of charge

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Do not park at SRI's main entrance at 333 Ravenswood Ave. Entrances to Conference Center parking are next to the church on Ravenswood and at Ringwood and Middlefield.

In the known universe, there are 1,931 planets (http://exoplanet.eu/catalog/, 6/16/15) orbiting other stars, 484 multiple planet systems, and many more planet candidates awaiting confirmation. With improved detection technology and more searching missions, this total will continue to grow. Olenka Hubickyj, Ph.D., lecturer of physics and astronomy at San Jose State University, will provide an overview of the observations and theories of planet formation, and the constraints that the observations impose on the theories.

Dr. Hubickyj will focus on the Core Nucleated Accretion model, which is generally accepted as the working theory of planet formation in our solar system. However, planets around other stars pose challenges to the theory. The model and its proposed modifications have demonstrated how the scientific method rules! 

About the Speaker: Dr. Olenka Hubickyj has taught physics and astronomy at SJSU since 2008. She was named the university’s outstanding lecturer for 2014. For 25 years prior, she studied planet formation at NASA Ames Research Center. She continues her research and serves as director of Systems Teaching Institute at NASA Ames’ University Affiliated Research Center.

Join us at SRI in Menlo Park
We are delighted that SRI International is the host location for Cafe Scientifique. SRI is an excellent partner, providing us with a beautiful, large, flexible meeting space, supporting us with highly professional staff and making expert researchers available as guest speakers.

Coffee, tea and biscotti will be complimentary, provided by SRI
Bring your own mug if you wish to avoid using disposable cups.

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events. Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast.  We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics.