Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014Reception: 6:00 p.m.Lecture and Awards Ceremony: 7:30 p.m.Venue: Mt. SAC Design Technology CenterLecture: Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find UsPrice: FREENear-Earth comets and asteroids are the leftover bits and pieces from the solar system formation process and the vehicles by which most of the water and carbon-based material, the building blocks of life, were delivered to the Earth's surface. Subsequent collisions by these objects punctuated evolution allowing only the most adaptable species to evolve further. We humans owe our very existence and our position atop the food chain to these near-Earth objects. As NASA-supported telescopic surveys continue to find more and more of these objects, there has been a realization that there are millions of them that are capable of causing damage to Earth – and we need to find them before they find us. The Kepler Lecture Series not only brings some of the most experienced and passionate astronomers to campus, it celebrates the achievements of Mt. San Antonio College students who have proven academic achievements within the Astronomy Program. The Kepler Scholarship is revered as recognition for discipline and contributions within a STEM field, further encouraging the study and importance of science and math in our society. Thank you for your considering your support of this initiative, deserving students and accessible education for all in the community.