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Loyola to Host Third Templeton Foundation Lecture

Loyola press release - January 29, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans recently received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to host the Templeton/American Scientific Affiliation Lecture Series. The university has invited Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., to speak at the third lecture of the series on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Consolmagno’s lecture is titled "Is Theology an Experimental Science?" A book signing will follow the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Consolmagno is an acclaimed speaker, teacher, astronomer, and author. At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, he is presently the curator of the Vatican’s meteorite collection, one of the largest in the world. His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system.

Along with nearly a hundred scientific presentations and publications, he has written four books. Two are devoted to teaching astronomy: a popular telescope guide, Turn Left at Orion; and a planetary sciences textbook, Worlds Apart. The Way to the Dwelling of Light and Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist, are popular books exploring science and its relation to the religious life.

Consolmagno obtained his bachelor and master of science degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He has served as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory and MIT.

Based on the heritage of Catholic higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information on this lecture, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 861-5888.