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Earth & Other Worlds – FREE

Friday, May 30, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

There’s nothing trivial about the questions in this trivia game night in the Dome at Gould Plaza. Join NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, and other scientists to test your knowledge about the Pale Blue Dot and other worlds.


Hosted by Emily Rice of the American Museum of Natural History (aka DJ Carly Sagan of Astronomy on Tap.)


Emily L. RiceAstrophysicist

Emily Rice is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and a research associate in the astrophysics department of the American Museum of Natural History. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA studying enigmatic objects called brown dwarfs, which form like stars but then cool and fade to resemble gas giant planets.

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Bobak FerdowsiEngineer

Bobak Ferdowsi, also known as “Mohawk Guy,” is a member of the Engineering Operations Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He acted as Flight Director during the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity on Gale Crater in 2012.

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Caleb ScharfAstrophysicist

Caleb Scharf’s research career spans cosmology, exoplanetary science, and astrobiology. He currently leads efforts at Columbia University in New York to understand the nature of exoplanets and living environments in the universe.

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Emily RauscherAstrophysicist

Dr. Emily Rauscher received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Physics and Astrophysics. Rauscher then came to New York City for grad school, obtaining a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Columbia University.

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Statia CookAstrophysicist

Statia Luszcz Cook is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on observing and modeling planetary atmospheres. She is an enthusiastic observer, having spent more than 50 days and nights at CARMA, a millimeter array in Eastern California; and several nights at the Palomar and W.M. Keck Observatories in California and Hawaii, respectively.

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