Guest Speakers

A guest lecture series on each campus includes 6-8 presentations not directly related to the research. Each is followed by an informal reception, giving participants a chance to interact directly with the speakers. Most speakers also join our group for a meal.
Dr. Janice Bishop ’81 and Mika McKinnon ’00 are our volunteer Guest Speaker Coordinators. Thank you Janice and Mika!

2016 Guest Lecture Series

CU Boulder Campus

Dr. Pamela Gay
Principal Investigator, CosmoQuest
Be a Cratering Scientist (growing up not required)

Dr. Larry Sverdrup at play

Dr. Larry Sverdrup
Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises
Mad? Science!

Prof. Fran Bagenal
Prof. of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Univ. of Colorado
Why Planetary Science Needs Space Probes: New Horizons & Juno

Dr. Emily Levesque
Assistant Prof. of Astronomy, Univ. of Washington
The Weirdest Stars in the Universe

Prof. Steve Hawley
Prof. of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of Kansas
Hubble Space Telescope — How Astronomy and Engineering United to Change Our Understanding of the Universe

CU Physics Laureates
Boulder is home to four Nobel Laureates in Physics. Dr. Eric Cornell gave presentations to SSP in 2015 and 2016.

Prof. Eric Cornell
Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Colorado
Looking for Fossils of the Big Bang in the Laboratory

Prof. Andrew Hamilton
Chair, Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, Univ. of Colorado
Closing Address

New Mexico Tech Campus

Dr. Michael Faison
Director, Leitner Observatory, Yale Univ.

Sharper Vision with Interferometers: How Telescopes like the VLA Take Radio Pictures of the Sky

Dr. Larry Sverdrup
Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises
Mad? Science!

Ms. Laura J. Mixon
Scifi Writer, Engineer
Star Struck: One Writer-Engineer’s Lifelong Love Affair with STEM and Science Fiction

Dr. Penelope Boston
Director, Astrobiology Institute, NASA
The Astrobiology of Caves: Exploring Subsurface Life from Earth to Mars and Beyond

Dr. Kim Maxwell
Mission Operations Engineer, Jet Propulsion Lab
Keeping Your Martian Rover Running

Mr. Shubber Ali
Co-Founder/CEO, Centriq Technology, Inc
Information Friction and Innovation – What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Prof. Nick Suntzeff
Prof. of Observational Astronomy, Texas A&M
Closing Address