Life in the Universe: One in a Billion Trillion?

A conversation with Caleb Scharf and Lee Billings

March 22, 2017

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
7th Floor Commons
20 Cooper Square, NY

Kavli Conversations on Science Communcation at NYU

Kavli Conversations are hosted by NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program with support from the Kavli Foundation. Events are open to the public. Webcast will begin at 6:30pm.


Caleb Scharf

Caleb Scharf is the director of the Columbia University Astrobiology Center and the author of The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities. At Columbia, he studies exoplanets that may be suitable for life.

Lee Billings

Lee Billings is the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars. A veteran science writer, his articles have appeared in Nature, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and many other publications.


Robert Lee Hotz

One of America’s most respected science journalists, Robert Lee Hotz is a science writer at the Wall Street Journal and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Carter Institute of Journalism at NYU. He is the president of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funds independent journalism projects around the world, and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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