NASA scientist to address methane discovery on Mars as part of LAS Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series

NASA scientist to address methane discovery on Mars as part of LAS Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Geronimo Villanueva, research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will be the speaker for a bioastronomy lecture hosted by the Rowan University Department of Physics and Astronomy on Friday, Feb. 19, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in the Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall of Rowan Hall.

Dr. Geronimo Villanueva, research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will be the speaker for a bioastronomy lecture hosted by the Rowan University Department of Physics and Astronomy on Friday, Feb. 19, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in the Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall of Rowan Hall.

The lecture, part of the Rowan University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, will focus on Villanueva’s research group’s discovery of methane on Mars in 2003 and will highlight the latest results of a 10-year observational campaign of multiple biomarkers on Mars, including measurements of isotopic deuterated water, a chronometer testing the age and origin of volatiles on Mars.

Villanueva is a planetary scientist with primary interests in remote sensing of planetary atmospheres through high-resolution molecular spectroscopy at infrared, UV, X-ray, sub-millimeter and microwave wavelengths. He is a research assistant professor in physics at The Catholic University of America and is in residence at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

This event is free and open to the to public. For more information, contact Kristen diNovi, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, at dinovi@rowan.edu.

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