About Laura Jean

I worked in the financial arena all of my adult life until May of 2001 when I received my AS degree in General Science from Bergen Community College and was accepted in to the School of General Studies at Columbia University. I have been an Earth and Space Explainer at the American Museum of Natural History since 2000 and also serve as the stage manager for the Isaac Asimov debate. I am fortunate enough to be a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and have participated in the Ambassador program since 2003. I received my BS degree in Environmental Biology, Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University in 2006 and would like to continue my education in the area of Geophysics focusing on extremophile research. It is my hope that I will continue to be afforded opportunities that will allow me to motivate individuals to participate in and be inspired by science.

Isaac Asimov Debate – American Museum of Natural History


Hayden Planetarium Programs

2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing

March 20, 2013

Asimov Debate

The concept of nothing is as old as zero itself. How do we grapple with the concept of nothing? From the best laboratory vacuums on Earth to the vacuum of space to what lies beyond, the idea of nothing continues to intrigue professionals and the public alike.

Join Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson as he moderates the world’s leading voices in this great scientific debate.

J. Richard Gott: Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, author of Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective

Jim Holt: Science journalist, author of Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story

Lawrence Krauss: Professor of Physics, Arizona State University, author of A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

Charles Seife: Professor of Journalism, New York University, author ofZero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Eva Silverstein: Professor of Physics, Stanford University, co-editor ofStrings, Branes and Gravity

The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History.  In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate — generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work — bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery.  Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.