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ASU Science Lecture Features Mars Expert

March 20, 2012

Angelo State University’s 36th annual West Texas Medical Associates Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jack D. Farmer, co-principal investigator in the NASA Office of Solar System Exploration, on Tuesday, March 27, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Farmer’s presentation, titled “Astrobiology: Exploring for Life Beyond Earth,” will begin at 8 p.m. March 27 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center.  Prior to the public lecture, Farmer will also meet with ASU students to discuss “The Search for a Past or Present Martian Biosphere” at 2 p.m. in the Davidson Center.  Both lectures are open free to the public. 

A recognized expert in the development of early life on Earth, Farmer is also at the forefront of various NASA efforts to explore and study the planet Mars.  Also a professor of geosciences in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, he splits his time between researching the early development of life on Earth, the astrobiological exploration of Mars and the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. 

Farmer’s specific extraterrestrial research projects include landing site selection for Mars exopaleontology, past and present habitable environments on Mars, instrument development for life detection missions to Mars, robotic geological characterization of Mars and lunar landing sites, and human-robotic interactions in lunar and Mars exploration.  Farmer received his Ph.D. in geology/paleobiology from the University of California-Davis. 

The WTMA Lectureship honors Dr. Roy E. Moon, a longtimeSan Angeloobstetrician and gynecologist, who died in 1976.  He practiced for 28 years with Clinic Hospital Medical Associates, now West Texas Medical Associates.  The lectureship was established in 1976 and is underwritten by a grant to ASU from members of WTMA. 

Each year, the lectureship brings a scientist of national prominence to ASU for public lectures, colloquia and informal discussions. 

For more information, call the ASU College of Arts and Sciences at 325-942-2162.


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