UAA welcomes John P. Grotzinger, Ph.D., as the distinguished keynote speaker for the 2013 Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium. Grotzinger is the project scientist for the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” mission, which launched from Cape Canaveral via the Atlas V rocket in November 2011 and successfully touched down on the Martian surface in August 2012. Grotzinger will be sharing the very latest discoveries.
Grotzinger will offer a free public lecture, “Why Curiosity? What are we discovering?” Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on UAA’s campus.
Grotzinger is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology at the California Institute of Technology under the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. His work primarily focuses on chemical and physical interactions between life and the environment. Besides his work in biogeological studies done on Earth, Grotzinger is also active in the geological research of Mars and has made contributions to NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. Visit Grotzinger’s website to learn more about his extensive research.
The Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium, hosted by the University Honors College, is held each April to celebrate undergraduate students’ research and achievements from across the university. Find out more about the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium, including a complete schedule of events, here.