Innovation and Leadership Institute’s President’s Forum series at Capitol College, in conjunction with the college’s Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach, is proud to welcome Dr. David Levy from the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona to campus on November 19 for a lecture on utilizing astronomy and space science to spark STEM workforce development.
Dr. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history, having detected 22 comets in total, nine of which utilizing his own telescopes. Along with Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, Dr. Levy discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, a comet which collided with Jupiter in 1994, at the Palomar Observatory in California. The result of the collision produced the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, based at the Jarnac Observatory.
Dr. Levy is also the author and/or editor of 35 books and other publications, and won an Emmy in 1998 as part of the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary, “Three Minutes to Impact.” He is a monthly column contributor for Astronomy magazine, and his “Nightfall” feature appears in each issue of the Canadian magazine Skynews.
Staff, faculty, students and friends of the college are invited to attend this free event, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Auditorium. Directions to campus can be found online. Space is limited and members of the public must RSVP by November 18 to Sharon Ortiz at 301-369-2800, ext. 3074.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical especially during these challenging economic times.