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Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes NASA Scientist

Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes NASA Scientist

September 15, 2010 – Collin College kicks off its 2010-11 Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Lynn Rothschild, NASA scientist, who will present “Innovation in Space Discovery: Is There Life Out There?”

Dr. Rothschild's lecture is free and open to the public. The event is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Living Legends Conference Center (formerly Spring Creek) at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Dr. Rothschild is an evolutionary biologist-astrobiologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and a professor at Stanford and Brown University, where she teaches astrobiology and space exploration.

She has broad training in biology, with degrees from Yale, Indiana, and a doctorate from Brown University.

Since arriving at Ames in 1987, her research has focused on how life, particularly microbes, has evolved in the context of the physical environment, both here and potentially elsewhere.  She has co-edited a book on the subject entitled, “Evolution on Planet Earth: The Impact of the Physical Environment.”

Dr. Rothschild lectures frequently worldwide, including at the Vatican and Windsor Castle, Mystic Seaport and the Royal Society of London.  She appears frequently on radio and television programs, including the BBC, NPR, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ABC World News Tonight, and the History Channel.  Like Darwin, Rothschild is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and also a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the Explorers Club.

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