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Carl Sagan Day

When: Sat., Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2013

Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. Sagan is known for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. For his work, Dr. Sagan received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service, as well as the NASA Apollo Achievement Award. He was also a recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences. O n November 9, Katherine Rhode, Ph.D., associate professor, Astronomy Department, Indiana University, will open the Sagan celebration program. James Croft, Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University, will speak on “Carl Sagan’s Scientific Spirituality.” A break will take place. Leonard Tramiel, Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil., a California physicist and member of the Center for Inquiry Transnational Board of Directors, will speak on “Accepting the Absurd: A Fundamental Re-examination of Our Understanding of the Universe.” The keynote speaker will be Phil Plait, Ph.D. Dr. Plait is a renowned astronomer with more than two decades of professional research and education experience. He has written articles for such magazines as Astronomy and Sky and Telescope. Dr. Plait’s keynote address will be entitled ”Bad Astronomy.”

Sponsors of the event are the Center for Inquiry Indiana, Center for Inquiry Indiana—Bloomington Chapter, IU Secular Allliance, IU Union Board, IU Astronomy Club, IU Astronomy Department, WonderLab and Purdue University Society of Non-Theists.

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