Is There Intelligent Life in The Universe?
On June 28, the University hosted the inaugural Café Science salon featuring Columbia astronomer and über-scientist David Helfand , who led a discussion on intelligent life in the universe. Held at Picnic Café on the Upper West Side ( 2665 Broadway , between 101 and 102 Streets), the standing-room-only event drew participants from across the University and even a few visitors from outside the country.
Café Science is an informal gathering of regular folks to discuss, learn about or debate scientific ideas. Upcoming salons will feature biologist Darcy B. Kelley on "How Your Brian Works...or Not (July 26)" and ecologist Shaid Naeem on "How Much Is Nature Worth? (Aug. 23)." The discussions, which are free and open to the public, will be held at Café Picnic from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.