Origins Science Scholars

Picture of asteroids in space

The Origins Science Scholars Program is presented by Siegal Lifelong Learning and the Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO) and is held in partnership with several Northeast Ohio research and educational institutions.

In this unique program, members of the community engage with each other and with leading scholars to investigate rapidly developing areas of origins science. Each evening begins with a presentation by a world-class researcher, followed by dinner and open discussion.

Program Schedule:
5:30 - 6:00 ~ Coffee and Sign-in
6:00 - 7:00 ~ Lecture and Q&A
7:00 - 8:00 ~ Dinner with faculty and fellows

Full Series cost:
Members of Lifelong Learning: $211 | Nonmembers $231

Price Per Lecture cost:
Members of Lifelong Learning: $44 | Nonmembers $52

Price includes parking and dinner.

Click here to register for the full series. Or click below to register for individual lectures. 

Ben Monreal
October 22|5:30 - 8 p.m.

Professor of Physics, Ben Monreal will discuss how giant telescopes hold the key to discovering new earth-like planets in other star systems..

Corbin Covault
October 29|5:30 - 8 p.m.

Ever since humans began turning their eyes to the heavens, the question has persisted: is there intelligent life out there? In 1961, astrophysicist Frank Drake attempted to quantify the  odds.

Corbin Covault
November 05|5:30 - 8 p.m.

The Search for extraterrestrial intelligence began immediately following the advent of radio and became an organized international effort in the 1980s. At that time, radio waves were our state of the art technology. But today the cutting edge is optical.

Ken Miller
November 12|5:30 - 8 p.m.

Evolution has long been a controversial topic in the United States, often the target of laws and public policies designed to prevent it being taught in schools. While evidence for evolution is abundant, to many the most troublesome part of Darwin’s theory is its claim that our own species was fashioned by the evolutionary process.

Glenn Starkman
November 19|5:30 - 8 p.m.

The universe is big. The universe is flat.  What does that mean?  What more is there to say about the shape of space? That’s what we’d like to know.  We see tantalizing hints that the universe is not infinite in all directions, in the patterns imprinted on the cosmic microwave background radiation — the remnant radiation from the big bang.

Lee Hall
November 26|5:30 - 8 p.m.

Lee Hall, paleontologist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Department of Vertebrate Paleontology will build on his October 15 lecture to focus on the analysis of sauropod trackways from across the globe to test hypotheses of claw function using preserved evidence of walking behavior and foot/substrate interaction.