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Colloquium Speaker to Focus on the Art of Science


October 12, 2006

Chris ImpeyRecipient of eleven teaching awards at the University of Arizona and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Chris Impey is the Sagan National Colloquium featured speaker on October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Impey will speak on “The Art of Science.”

A University Distinguished Professor in the department of astronomy, in 2002 Impey was named the National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar as well as the Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2005 he was selected as a Galileo Circle Scholar, the College of Science’s highest honor. Impey created the Astronomica.org Web site, which provides students with interactive tools and instructional technology, and has been instrumental in curriculum development in astrobiology.

His research interests are in observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He is the co-author of two textbooks, The Cosmic Journey and Universe Revealed. He currently serves as vice-president of the American Astronomical Society and is a member of its astronomy education board and the editorial board of Astronomy Education Review. He has been a Harlow Shapley visiting lecturer for the AAS, and in 1998 received the Slipher Award from the National Academy of Sciences.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 21st year at Ohio Wesleyan. This year’s theme is “The Citizen Scientist, How Science Affects Our Daily Lives.” All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.