ASX Upcoming Events 1. "Faces of Space" - Panel Discussion: A New Building Block of Life Other Events 2. The 2011 Canadian Space Commerce Associati

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ASX Upcoming Events

1. "Faces of Space" - Panel Discussion: A New Building Block of Life

Other Events

2. The 2011 Canadian Space Commerce Association AGM and Conference

3. Star Symposium

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1. "Faces of Space"

Panel Discussion: A New Building Block of Life

Description:
The recently discovered GFAJ-1 bacteria at Mono Lake, California has been shown to be able to, when deprived of phosphorous, take arsenic from the environment and incorporate it into the its vital biochemical machinery, such as DNA, proteins and cell membranes. No other lifeforms have been shown to take this poison and build parts of itself out of it.

What implications does the discovery hold for astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life? Come find out at ASX's panel discussion this March!

Speakers:
Prof. Ralph Pudritz, McMaster Origins Institute
Prof. Grant Ferris, University of Toronto

Date & Time: March 17, 2011, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: J.R.R. MacLeod Auditorium
University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building
1 Kings College Circle, Toronto

Admission: FREE
(To guarantee a seat, please register here )

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2. The 2011 Canadian Space Commerce Association AGM and Conference

The Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada

Date & Time: Friday, March 18th, 2011, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM,
with a Networking & Social Event at 7:00 PM

Location: MaRS Development District, 101 College St., Toronto, Ontario M5G1L7

Featuring:

Josh Dore – Technology Development Officer, Canadian Space Agency
Frank Teti – Manager of Autonomous Robotics, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd
Joshua Brost – Manager of Business Development, Space-X
Ron Holdway – VP of Government Relations, Com Dev International
Steve Bochinger – President, Euroconsult North America
Grant Bonin – Project Manager, UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory
Dr. Gordon Osinski – NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, University of Western Ontario
Marie-Eve Ducharme – President, Nüvü Camēras Inc.
Wilfred So – Patent Agent, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Major Marc Fricker – Lecturer, Royal Military College
Dr. Andrew Goldenberg – President, Engineering Services Inc.

Synopsis:

Does Canada still enjoy the historic lead in robotics we once used as leverage for Canadian astronaut trips aboard 13 NASA and two Soyuz manned missions?

NEW: Start-up Liftoff – Are you a new commercial space start-up? Or thinking of starting a new company? Here’s your chance to pitch your idea at the Canadian Space Commerce annual meeting where executives, venture capitalists and other interested people will be. Our Start-up Liftoff talks are modeled after O’Reilly’s Ignite talks. We’ll pick up to three speakers for a high-energy 5 minute talk. If you’re interested, send your idea to liftoff@spacecommerce.ca, we’ll let you know by close of business Monday, March 14th if you’ve been accepted.

More Info: http://spacecommerce.ca/events/2011-annual-general-meeting
For fees and registration, go to http://spacecommerce2011.eventbrite.com.

3. Star Symposium

Description:
The STAR Symposium is a two day event promoting science, exploration and fun. On Friday, March 18th we will be hosting three speakers who will provide one hour talks on exciting topics in the field of astronomy and planetary science. The talks run from 7pm - 10pm in Vari Hall A. Doors are open at 6:30pm. Our speakers are Dr. John Moores of York University, Sara Poirier of the Ontario Science Centre, and Dr. Ralph Pudritz of McMaster University and The Origins Institute. These talks will interest anyone who is enthusiastic about astronomy and science.

On Saturday, March 19th we are holding an all-day interactive event. It runs from 11am - 4pm in the Vari Hall Rotunda. There will be a series of experiments, small talks, interactive demonstrations as well at a large number of posters all on astronomy. We will also be hosting an egg drop competition, and various other hands-on activities. The event is drop-in at your own leisure.

Date & Time: Friday, March 18th &19th

Location: Vari Hall, York University

More info: http://starsymposium.ca

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