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Flying really high: The path to becoming an astronaut

October 05, 2017
10:00AM to 11:00AM - Online

Hear directly from celebrated astronaut and UCalgary Chancellor Dr. Robert Thirsk about how he made his dreams of becoming an astronaut a reality.

Holder of the Canadian record for the longest time spent in space, at 204 days, 18 hours, Dr. Thirsk shares his experiences in space and what budding astronauts should be considering as they reach for the stars.

Why should we care about space weather?

October 10, 2017
12:00PM to 1:00PM - Online

We are delighted whenever we have the chance to gaze up at the aurora borealis — also known as the Northern Lights — dancing across the night sky. But we don’t always think about how phenomena like the aurora and space weather profoundly impact us.

In this webinar, UCalgary scholars Eric Donovan and Emma Spanswick help us understand space weather and the effects it can have on our technology, our natural systems and our climate.

Tips for future Mars dwellers

October 17, 2017
12:00PM to 1:00PM - Online

Marjan Eggermont, a senior instructor in UCalgary's Schulich School of Engineering, teaches biomimicry, a form of design that takes inspiration from natural systems and processes to overcome complex challenges. She looks at how creatures on Earth live in and adapt to hostile environments and how some of their strategies could be useful on trips to Mars.

Solving the mysteries of the quantum world

October 24, 2017
12:00PM to 1:00PM - Online

The quantum world holds many mysteries waiting to be solved and explained. UCalgary scholar Barry Sanders spends his time piecing together some of the puzzles related to quantum science.

In this webinar, Sanders explains his research on quantum information related to photons — the elementary particles underlying the properties of quantum mechanics — helping us understand some of the missing pieces.

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