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NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth Focus of UAlbany Presentation

March 11 event part of Campus Conversations Series by the University Libraries

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 10, 2015) -- University at Albany Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus John Delano will inaugurate a new campus lecture series presented by UAlbany Libraries on NASA's search for Life Beyond Earth. The new Campus Conversations in Standish highlights the Libraries’ role in bringing together UAlbany scholars for collaborative discourse on their research and creative contributions.

The event will be held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room in the Science Library on Wednesday, March 11 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Delano will briefly present the latest results from research in geochemistry, planetary science, and astronomy bearing on the search for life beyond earth. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Delano currently serves as the associate dean of College of Arts and Sciences. A Collins Fellow, Delano served on the faculty of UAlbany's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. His research, which has been primarily funded by NASA, deals with chemical analysis of samples from the Moon returned by the six Apollo missions. Delano has served on scientific panels for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In 2004, he provided invited testimony to the President's Commission on Exploration of the Moon, Mars, and Beyond. He gives about 30 invited talks to professional and lay audiences annually, and is the author of 55 articles in the professional scientific journals. Dr. Delano presented “Is Anyone Else Out There?” at TEDxAlbany 2011.

"During a recent evaluation of the University Libraries' function as a learning and discovery space, we decided to prioritize our role in advancing collaborative conversations between the University faculty and the community," said Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department at the Libraries. "We plan to hold more 'Campus Conversations in Standish' to raise awareness across all campus disciplines of the dynamic research and creative output of UAlbany’s faculty and scholars."

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