January 31, 2006

Video - Origins Symposium Talks Online

The presentations from the Jan. 20 Origins Symposium are now available online as streaming Windows Media video files. PDF versions of the speakers' PowerPoint presentations can also be downloaded from this page.

Posted at 11:42 AM

January 16, 2006

Event - Origins Symposium: The Universe, Earth, and Life

Friday, January 20
Symposium
Origins: The Universe, Earth, and Life

1:10-6:30 pm, Modern Languages Building Auditorium 3

1:10 PM
Introduction to the symposium
Terrence J. McDonald, Dean of the College of Literature Science and the
Arts, University of Michigan

1:20
From before the Big Bang through the first million years
Katherine Freese, U-M Department of Physics

1:50
The first million years through the first 9 billion years
Douglas O. Richstone, U-M Department of Astronomy

2:20
The next 4 billion years: making Earth a habitable planet
Stephen E. Kesler, U-M Department of Geological Sciences

2:50
Questions and discussion

3:10
Coffee Break

3:40
The tree of life: Darwinian chemistry as the evolutionary force from cyanic acid to living molecules and cells
Nils G. Walter, U-M Department of Chemistry

4:10
The tree of life: exploring evolutionary pathways through fossil evidence
Daniel C. Fisher, U-M Museum of Paleontology and Department of Geological Sciences

4:40
The tree of life: exploring evolutionary pathways from extant life
Yin-Long Qiu, U-M Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

5:10
Questions and discussion

5:30
13.7 billion years: the summary
Gordon Kane, U-M Department of Physics

5:50-6:30
Meet the speakers reception

Posted at 12:17 PM