July 17, 2006
UCSC faculty to discuss life on Earth in
conjunction with world premiere of Frans Lanting's Life:
A Journey through Time
By Tim Stephens
A scientific forum exploring advances in the understanding
of life on Earth will take place on Monday, July 31, at 7 p.m.
at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The forum is being held
in conjunction with Life: A Journey through Time, a multimedia
presentation by photographer Frans Lanting, which has its world
premiere this month as part of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary
The scientific forum is free and open to the public. Performances
of Life: A Journey through Time will take place on July
29 and 30, also at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. This groundbreaking
multimedia work merges art and science, photography and music.
For ticket information and more details about the performances,
Lanting will take part in the forum, along with eminent scientists
from UC Santa Cruz and NASA Ames Research Center. David Deamer,
professor of chemistry and biochemistry and acting chair of
biomolecular engineering at UCSC, will moderate the panel discussion.
Other participants include Sandra Faber, University Professor
of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC; David Haussler, Howard
Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of biomolecular
engineering at UCSC; and Jonathan Trent, a researcher in the
astrobiology program at NASA Ames Research Center.