[meteorite-list] Brother Guy to speak in Tucson Tuesday night
From: D. Hill <dhill_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:40:54 -0700
Dear meteorite-list members within driving distance of Tucson,
This lecture is well worth the drive and it is free! Brother Guy
always gives interesting and entertaining talks!
Regards to all,
Richard Kowalski wrote:
> Subject: LPL50 Anniversary Alumnus Lecture
> Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010
> 7:00 pm ? 8:00 pm
> Kuiper Space Sciences, 1629 E. University Blvd., Room 308
> From Hawthorne House to the Papal Palace: Adventures of a Vatican Planetary Scientist
> Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ (LPL Ph.D. 1978) has worked as a planetary astronomer on every continent, from teaching at the University of Nairobi to
> collecting meteorites in Antarctica. For this lecture, he'll share some of his adventures along the way, including how he helped write the first graduate
> student plays (and set up the grad student residence Hawthorne House), information about his space club at the Starehe Boys' Centre in Kenya, and tales of his intimate dealings with aliens (well, alien rocks, at least) in the bowels of the Vatican.
> Dr. Consolmagno is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo. His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids,
> and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system.
> After obtaining his Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1978, Brother Consolmagno worked as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory, and from 1980-1983 continued as postdoc and lecturer at MIT. In 1983 he left MIT to join the US Peace Corps, where he served for two years in Kenya teaching physics and astronomy. Upon his return to the US in 1985 he became an assistant professor of physics at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he taught until his entry into the Jesuit order in 1989. He took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991, and
> studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University, Chicago, and physics at the University of Chicago, before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993.
> Dr. Consolmagno studies the nature and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. His work in the 1970s on the moons of the
> outer solar system predicted many of the features later discovered by the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft, including the first published suggestion of
> Europan sub-crustal oceans with the possibility of life. Models for the geochemical evolution of lunar basalts and basaltic meteorites eventually led to
> the identification, on geochemical grounds, of asteroid Vesta as the parent body of the eucrite, diogenite, and howardite meteorites. His doctoral thesis
> on the role of electromagnetic forces in chemical fractionations of the early solar system pioneered the field of gravito-electrodynamics, the
> behavior of dust subjected to both gravitational and electromagnetic forces, and he was the first person to apply this concept to describe the dynamics of
> Jupiter's dust ring. Dr. Consolmagno's present research is centered on understanding the origin of moons, meteorites, asteroids, dwarf planets, and
> trans-Neptunian objects. One continuing project is measuring the density, porosity, and magnetic properties of meteorites, with
> applications to understanding the lithification of meteorites and the structure of their asteroidal parent bodies. He is also involved in
> telescope observations measuring the spectra of small bodies in the outer solar system.
> Brother Consolmagno has authored/coauthored several books, including: Turn Left at Orion (with Dan M. Davis; Cambridge University Press, 1989);
> Worlds Apart (with Martha W. Schaefer; Prentice Hall, 1993); The Way to the Dwelling of Light (U of Notre Dame Press, 1998);
> Brother Astronomer (McGraw Hill, 2000); God's Mechanics (Jossey-Bass, 2007), and The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican (VO Publications, 2009).
> This talk is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
> For additional information visit http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/outreach/
> The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
> Fifty years of Excellence in Research, Education, and Discovery: 1960-2010
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