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John W.  Delano

Distinguished Teaching Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Expertise: Space exploration; NASA; renewable energy; solar power; moon; astrobiology; environmental science

Campus phone: (518) 442-4479
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John W. Delano received his doctorate in geochemistry at Stony Brook University. His research has been primarily been funded by NASA dealing with chemical analysis of samples from the Moon returned by the six Apollo missions. Delano has not only served on scientific panels for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), but also provided invited testimony in 2004 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. In addition, his family hasmade significant efforts living in a more environmentally sustainable fashion through the installation of solar energy systems for electricity and domestic hot water.