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NASA Scientist to Discuss Mars: November 15

With the success of the recent Mars Rover Curiosity landing, the College is brining someone from NASA to campus to provide some insight on space exploration. Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Planetary Environments Laboratory, will present a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumnae Hall.

Jennifer Stern

Stern’s lab specializes in studying the atmosphere and surface of Mars, and developing instruments to make geochemical measurements on planetary surfaces. She is a member of the science team for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity, which landed in Gale Crater on Mars in August 2012. She is also a team member on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite, one of the 10 instruments on Curiosity, which uses mass and laser spectrometry to measure the chemical composition of the atmosphere and surface of Mars.

Stern has a B.A. in geology/biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Florida State University, where she developed analytical techniques for stable carbon and oxygen isotope and trace metal analysis of environmental waters. She decided to apply her interest in stable isotopes to astrobiology as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The program is free to the public. For information call 610-606-4666, ext. 3511.

To register online: www.cedarcrest.edu/nasa