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AMES, Iowa – UFO believers and non-believers will be part of a lecture series in September at Iowa State University.

"Extraterrestrial Life: Scientific and Human Implications," will examine issues related to the aliens, abductions and the history and science of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

A schedule for the lecture series is below.

"Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Science Fact, Not Fiction, Nor Religion"
Jill Cornell Tarter, a founding member and project director of SETI, and Bernard M. Oliver, chair at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif.
Monday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union.

"How to Avoid Getting Captured by Aliens: A Skeptic's Look at the Obsession with Extraterrestrial Life"
Joel Achenbach, Washington Post science reporter and author of "Captured by Aliens: The Search for Life and Truth in a Very Large Universe."
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

"Extraterrestrial Life: Why Should We Care?"
Steven J. Dick, astronomer and historian of science at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., president of Commission 41 (History of Astronomy) of the International Astronomical Union, and author of "Plurality of World and The Biological Universe."
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

"Talking about God and Extraterrestrials"
Chris Corbally, vice director of the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Ariz. and president of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science.
Friday, Sept. 29, noon, Sun Room, Memorial Union

Workshop: "Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Are We Alone"
Alfred Kracher, Iowa State professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, will speak on "Uses and Abuses of Aliens: SETI and Human Identity"; Grace Wolf-Chase, a specialist in stellar evolution at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, will speak on "Searching for Origins in the New Millenium"; Christopher Corbally, vice-director at the Vatican Observatory will speak on "Complexification and Evolution in the Scheme of Life"; and Frederick Gregory, University of Florida professor of history will speak on "Extraterrestrial Life: An Historical Challenge to Religion."
Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union

The lecture series is co-sponsored by a Science and Religion Course Award from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences; the departments of history, physics, astronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences; vice provost for undergraduate education; and the Committee on Lectures (funded by the Government of the Student Body).


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