Seattle Pacific University has landed a top astronomer to keynote its tenth annual Day of Common Learning. Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope program, will give an address titled, “Stars, Galaxies, Planets, and Life: An Amazing Universe to Behold,” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Royal Brougham Pavilion on the SPU campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Wiseman discovered the comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987. She has previously served as chief of the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Wiseman’s appearance at Seattle Pacific is part of the university’s Day of Common Learning, which has a theme of “Celebrating the Harmony of Faith and Science.” The day’s activities include a wide variety of afternoon seminars. Those with physics or astronomy themes include presentations on C.S. Lewis and exoplanets, an exploration of whether Earth’s placement in the Sun’s “Goldilocks Zone” is an accident, and what sounds like a fascinating session titled, “So Say We All: Technology, Aliens, and Radical Monotheism in Battlestar Galactica.” A full schedule is on the Day of Common Learning website. The afternoon sessions also are free and open to the public.