Building Planet Earth

Take a journey through the history of Earth, from the beginning of the solar system to the formation of the planets. Includes a private guided tour at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

earth surface from outerspace

Take a journey through the history of Earth, from the beginning of the solar system to the formation of the planets, exploring how Earth came to be habitable. Scientists and professors from Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science provide an overview of the evolution of life from bacteria to human civilization, highlighting how environmental change shaped life and how life, itself, shaped the evolution of our planet. The class culminates in a private guided tour of the Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1406.S18.1 Building Planet Earth Instructors On-campus 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Instructor: Building Planet Earth Instructors

Feb. 28. “How to Build a Habitable Planet.” Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

March 7. “Meteorites as Windows Into Planetary Evolution.” Linda Welzenbach, M.S., science communicator, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

March 14. “Geologic Time.” Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D.

March 28. “Evolution of Climate and Life on Earth.” Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D.

April 4. “Cosmic Origins of Life on Earth.” Carolyn Sumners, Ed.D., curator of astronomy, the Houston Museum of Natural Science; adjunct professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

April 11. Morian Hall of Paleontology exhibit tour at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D., and Samuel Stubbs, trilobite collector

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 28, 2018

End Date: Apr. 11, 2018

Schedule: 6:30-8 p.m.

Length: Six Wednesdays (no class March 21)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $210

Early Registration: $200 if registering by Feb. 14

Rice Alumni: $189

CEUs: 0.9

Note: April 4 and April 11 field trip held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Feb. 28. “How to Build a Habitable Planet.” Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

March 7. “Meteorites as Windows Into Planetary Evolution.” Linda Welzenbach, M.S., science communicator, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

March 14. “Geologic Time.” Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D.

March 28. “Evolution of Climate and Life on Earth.” Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D.

April 4. “Cosmic Origins of Life on Earth.” Carolyn Sumners, Ed.D., curator of astronomy, the Houston Museum of Natural Science; adjunct professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

April 11. Morian Hall of Paleontology exhibit tour at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D., and Samuel Stubbs, trilobite collector

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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