Distinguished speaker

Lucianne Walkowicz will speak Oct. 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre as part of UBC Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series.

An astrophysicist who has been involved in the discovery of hundreds of planets will speak in Kelowna.

Lucianne Walkowicz will speak Oct. 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre as part of UBC Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Walkowicz has since been part of several space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Kepler Mission.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an master's and PhD from University of Washington.

Working with the Kepler mission, she found more than 3,500 potential new planets. The clue, she says, is to look for tiny dimming as a planet passes in front of its sun.

Walkowicz has been internationally recognized for her advocacy for conservation of dark night skies.

Walkowicz sheds light on how the thousands of newly-discovered planetary systems might lead to the discovery of life beyond Earth, and how the future of our world depends on our connection to science.

This event is free and open to the public, but online pre-registration is required. Early bird tickets open Monday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. and a second round of tickets on Monday, Sept, 23 at 9 a.m. To register visit speakers.ok.ubc.ca.