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Release Date Monday, June 11, 2018

Alien Life: You'll Never See Them Coming SD Mines Physics Lecturer to Speak at Denver Comic-Con

Michael Dowding (center), shown here at the 2017 Denver Comic Con, will return to the event this year with a presentation on alien life.


RAPID CITY, SD (June 12, 2018) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology physics lecturer Michael Dowding will speak at the 2018 Denver Comic Con on the topic of alien life. Dowding’s talk begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in Room 303 of the Colorado Convention Center. 

This educational panel focuses on the chances of finding extraterrestrial life and the more realistic side of what that alien life is probably like. “Instead of little green men from Mars, we are more likely to see find microbial life forms that can exist in the extreme conditions found on other planets and in outer space,” says Dowding.  

Michael Dowding has been a lecturer in the Physics Department at SD Mines since 2008. This is his second appearance at Denver Comic Con. Last year, Dowding and a panel of SD Mines graduate students explored the boundary between science fiction and science fact in mass media. 


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