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Astronomer Guy Consolmagno of Vatican Observatory to Visit Baylor, Give Public Lecture

Feb. 10, 2010

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.The Institute for Faith and Learning, Department of Physics, and Baylor Society for Conversations in Religion, Ethics, and Science welcome world-renowned astronomer Guy Consolmagno, S.J. to Baylor on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. During his visit, Consolmagno will offer a presentation to the faculty of the Department of Physics in addition to a public lecture titled, "The Virtuous Astronomer: How the Work of Science Is Shaped by the Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love." The public lecture begins at 7 p.m. in room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building.

Consolmagno currently serves as curator of meteorites at the Vatican Observatory. He holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D. in Planetary Science). Additionally, he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Harvard College Observatory and at MIT. He served two years with the United States Peace Corps teaching physics and astronomy in Kenya before returning to an academic post at Lafayette College. In 1989 he entered the Society of Jesus, and in 1991 took vows as a Jesuit brother and began studies in philosophy and theology at Loyola University, Chicago. In 1993, he joined the Vatican Observatory.

Consolmagno is a highly regarded astronomer, serving the boards of several national and international astronomical societies. For his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids, the International Astronomical Union honored him with the naming of asteroid 4597 Consolmagno. Among his books are The Way to the Dwelling of Light (1998), Brother Astronomer (2000), and God's Mechanics (2007). He has lectured internationally and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs.

For more information about Consolmagno's visit, please contact the Institute for Faith and Learning at (254) 710-4805 or ifl@baylor.edu.

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