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Inauguration Keynote Lecture

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 7 PM
Smothers Theatre

Honoring the traditions of the academy, as part of its inauguration activities Pepperdine will host a distinguished academic lecture entitled "A Universe of Wonder, Challenge, and Possibility" featuring renowned astronomer and astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman.

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Jennifer J. Wiseman, PhD

Jennifer WisemanDr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes and has worked with several major national observatories. She is also interested in national science policy and public science engagement and directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She received her BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued her studies at Harvard University, earning a PhD in astronomy. She continued her research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. She then served as a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society, working with the staff of the Science Committee of the US House of Representatives, and is now a senior astrophysicist with NASA.

Dr. Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science. She enjoys giving talks to schools, churches, civic organizations, and campus groups on the excitement of astronomy and scientific discovery, and has appeared in many science and news venues including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NOVA, and National Public Radio. She grew up on an Arkansas farm enjoying late night stargazing walks with her parents and pets.