2017 Guest Lecture Series

A guest lecture series on each campus features a wide variety of speakers and topics. Each is followed by a reception, where participants and guests interact informally. Most speakers have a long association with SSP, including quite a few as alumni and former faculty.
Our volunteer Guest Speaker Coordinator is Dr. Janice Bishop ’81 of SETI Institute.

CU Boulder Campus

Dr. Larry Sverdrup at play with liquid nitrogen

Dr. Larry Sverdrup
Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises
Mad? Science!

Ryan Dahn ’06
Ph.D. Candidate, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, Univ. of Chicago
Finding the Forgotten Founder of Quantum Mechanics; or How I Became a Historian of Science

Dr. Fran Bagenal
Prof. of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Univ. of Colorado
Why Planetary Science Needs Space Probes: New Horizons & Juno

Dr. Emily Levesque
Assistant Prof. of Astronomy, Univ. of Washington
The Weirdest Stars in the Universe

Michaela Villarreal 
Ph.D. Candidate, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS) Dept., UCLA
Dawn: Journey to the Early Solar System

CU Physics Laureates
Boulder is home to four Nobel Laureates in Physics, including Dr. Eric Cornell.

Dr. Eric Cornell
Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Colorado
Looking for Fossils of the Big Bang in the Laboratory


New Mexico Tech Campus

Dr. Nick Suntzeff (TA ’76)
Prof. of Observational Astronomy, Texas A&M
The Death of the Universe

Dr. Larry Sverdrup
Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises
Mad? Science!

Laura J. Mixon
Scifi Writer, Engineer
Star Struck: One Writer-Engineer’s Lifelong Love Affair with STEM and Science Fiction

Dr. Nina Lanza
Staff Scientist Researcher, Los Alamos National Lab
Searching for Meteorites in Antarctica: Sampling the Solar System at Home on Earth

Dr. Andrew Friedman (TA ’02)
Asst. Research Scientist, UC San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences
A Cosmic Test of Quantum Entanglement

Dr. Debra Buczkowski, Senior Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
The Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres

Purdue University Campus

Dr. Jake Scott
Associate Staff, Cleveland Clinic, Dept. of Translational Hematology and Oncology Research and, Oxford University Centre for Mathematical Biology
What We Can Learn About Cancer from the Stars

Dr. Carrie Perlman ’90
Assoc. Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
What is the Surface Tension in the Lungs?

Dr. Michael Weiss ’74
Director, Institute for Therapeutic Protein Design, Case Western Reserve
Evolution of Mammalian Sex Determination; Why Y?

James Crocker
V.P. and General Manager, Retired, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
From the Big Bang to Consciousness: the Deep Connection Between Cosmology and Biology

Dr. Joe Ogas ’81
Assoc. Prof. of Biochemistry, Purdue Univ.
Using Model Organisms and Genome Editing to Study Cancer

Dr. Penelope Boston
Director, Astrobiology Institute, NASA
The Astrobiology of Caves: Exploring Subsurface Life from Earth to Mars and Beyond