LA High Table Dr. Kevin P. Hand: Eureka on Europa?

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LA High Table with Dr. Kevin P. Hand: Eureka on Europa?

Join us for "Eureka on Europa?” with Dr. Kevin P. Hand!

We invite Yale, MIT, Princeton, and Dartmouth alums to join us for the Los Angeles High Table, a new every-other-month series aimed at showcasing dynamic speakers in an intimate setting. We especially welcome established alums in fields relevant to the talk and younger alums in all fields. This event features a talk by Dr. Kevin Hand on the search for life on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Date: Sunday, July 17th

Time: 1pm – 3:30pm

Location: We are lucky to have this event at Gil’s Sanctuary, an Art Gallery in Chinatown managed by Yale alumnus Janna Avner

Gil’s Sanctuary

818 N. Spring St, Suite 117

Los Angeles, CA

Price: $5. We also request you contribute a dish or drink to our potluck. Suggestions below.

Event format: 30 min mingling, 60 min High Table Program featuring Dr. Hand, 60 min networking and discussion post-talk with refreshments.

About The Speaker:

Dr. Kevin P. Hand is a planetary scientist/astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. His work involves numerical, laboratory, and field research on the physics and chemistry of ocean worlds in our solar system. Dr. Hand is a Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s Europa Mission, leading the pre-Phase-A Europa lander mission concept, and co-chairing the Europa Lander Science Definition Team.

Beneath the frigid surface of Europa, with an average temperature of 280 degrees below zero, scientists hypothesize that the moon harbors a 60-mile deep ocean, with three times the volume of liquid water on Earth. And, Dr. Hand believes, the potential for life.

His work has brought him to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the depths of the Earth’s oceans, and to the glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. Dr. Hand was a scientist onboard James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and he was part of a 2003 IMAX expedition to hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He has made nine dives to the bottom of the ocean and has been featured in several National Geographic, BBC, and Discovery Channel documentaries. In 2011 he was selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Hand earned his PhD from Stanford University (and was a visiting scholar in Princeton’s astrophysics department) and he earned bachelors degrees from Dartmouth College. He was born and raised in Manchester, Vermont.

Potluck suggestions by first letter of your last name:

We ask that you please bring a dish to share for lunch. Suggestions by last name are below:

  • A-F Main Dishes

  • G-O Desserts / Drinks

  • P-Z Salads / Appetizers

Parking: Parking is available in the outdoor lot next door on Spring Street, between College St. and Spring St.

Registration: Use the registration button at the top of this page to sign up. Once the button disappears, use the form here to join our wait-list. Space is limited to 60 participants, so register early and be sure to attend!


For questions concerning registration for the upcoming High Table event, contact Jon at la.hightable.reg at

For all other inquiries (speaking at or hosting a future High Table event, helping to organize future events, etc.) write to Seth at la.hightable at

Contact Information

Jon Rosen

Date & Location

Date: 7/17/2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Gil’s Sanctuary

818 N. Spring Street, Suite 117
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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