May 9th, 2015 CAAC Regular Meeting
6:30PM at the Good Hope Observatory Complex in Good
Hope, WV. Please bring a covered dish.
Come out and have a good time!
Charleston, W.Va.,– Researcher, astronomer and the voice of
NASA's mission to Mars, Steven Squyres, will appear in Charleston on Thursday,
May 7 as the third speaker in a series of STEM-focused events in Charleston.
The Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series is organized by the West Virginia Higher
Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research with support from
a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the series is
to promote the importance of research and the science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) fields to the general public in West Virginia.
Squyres will talk about his role in NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover project and
will bring images and footage that, organizers say, will compel and energize the
“We are thrilled to bring a little bit of Mars to West Virginia this spring with
Steven Squyres,” said Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of the Division of Science and
The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the University of
Charleston’s Geary Auditorium. It is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are
requested and can be completed at www.wvresearch.org.
Squyres is the Principal Investigator for the science payload on the Mars
Exploration Rover Project. Research for which he is best known includes study of
the history and distribution of water on Mars and of the possible existence and
habitability of a liquid water ocean on Europa, a moon of Jupiter. He’s also the
James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University. Squyres
received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1981 and spent five years as a postdoctoral
associate and research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center before returning
to Cornell as a faculty member. His main areas of scientific interest have been
Mars and the moons of the outer planets.
The Division of Science and Research directs the EPSCoR program in West
Virginia, while also managing other state and federally-funded academic research
programs across the state. The program provides strategic leadership for
infrastructure advancement and development of competitive research opportunities
in STEM disciplines.