Geronimo Villanueva is coming to CU on 4/4!

Hi everyone! We hope you are enjoying your spring breaks! Our next seminar is just around the corner! On April 4th and 5th, we will be cohosting Dr. Geronimo Villanueva with the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences department here at CU! NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and Catholic University of America (CUA) Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Geronimo Villanueva brings experience as a bilingual science communicator (Spanish and English). Dr. Villanueva’s recent research highlights include mapping the “heavy water” (deuterated water, D/H) content on Mars and the first detection of “heavy water” in a comet. He also is the group leader for future Mars studies by the James Webb Space Telescope, a co-investigator of the Exo-Mars Trace-Gas-Orbiter 2016 and has experience with three major space agencies, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) the German Aerospace Agency. Geronimo will giving the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department/CU Café Seminar Series colloquium talk on Monday, April, 4 2016 at 4 PM in the JILA Auditorium. This talk will focus on Mars’ evolutionary and habitability discoveries. Dr. Villanueva will also be discussing his career path over lunch (free food!) on Monday, April 4, 2015 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM in the Gamow Tower Reading Room (Duane Hall).

Dr. Villanueva is also bringing Hannah Kerner as his mentee for this trip. Hannah is a PhD graduate student at Arizona State University (ASU) with a focus on exploration systems design. Hannah is the current Executive Director and former NewSpace Conference Program Manager for the Space Frontier Foundation, former Chair of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SED) and former instructor for a computer science course at her undergrad institution of University of North Carolina (UNC). Hannah will be giving a talk on machine learning for future planetary exploration and her experiences as a woman in science and engineering on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 11 AM – 12 PM in JILA X317.

Mark your calendars for these three exciting seminars and stay tuned for more details as we get closer to April! We hope to see you there!

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