Delaware State University will present Dr. Pamela Conrad, NASA astrobiologist and mineralogist, in a guest lecture on “Space Science” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building (College of Business).


Delaware State University will present Dr. Pamela Conrad, NASA astrobiologist and mineralogist, in a guest lecture on “Space Science” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building (College of Business).

The event is free and open to the public.

Conrad does her research at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where she has worked over the last few years on the development of approaches and measurements for the assessment of habitability on planetary surface environments. She is also working on the development of non-invasive optical methods for the in "triaging" of potential rock sample targets.

She is the deputy principal investigator and investigation scientist for the SAM suite that will fly on the Mars Science Laboratory payload. She has participated in six arctic expeditions as well as two Antarctic expeditions (one as principal investigator), and explored deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean from a submersible.

The guest lecture is being presented by DSU’s College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology as part of its 2010-2011 Dean’s Public Seminar Series.