Science Seminar Is Coming March 24

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar on Friday, March 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CE Forum Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. The speakers include Former NOVA students Seemal Asghar, Maha Khalid, Luis Vallejo and Nimra Viryam. The event is titled “Astrobiology: The Origin, Evolution, Distribution and Future of Life in the Universe” and there will be light refreshments with a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the CE Forum.

Astrobiology is a cross-disciplinary subject involving understanding of biology, astronomy, geology and chemistry. The underpinnings of the laws of physics as well as basic astronomy and planetary science lead the research toward an understanding of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. A summary of the search for knowledge in astrobiology, annotated with findings from fossil searches, telescope examination and interviews of iconic scientists, is presented.

The presenters are former NOVA students who were guided in their undergraduate research by Dr. Muffarah Marr, adjunct biology professor. They have each arranged to take time away from their current academic studies and professional commitments to present and share their undergraduate research experience with the NOVA academic community.

Presenter details:

Seemal Asghar – undergraduate at George Mason University, majoring in biology
Maha Khalid – M.S. in biology
Luis Vallejo – B.A. in biology (2013) from Grinnell College and graduate student fall 2017 at Columbia University
Nimra Viryam – undergraduate at George Mason University, majoring in biology

This event is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division; and the Lyceum Committee, Annandale Campus.

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