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Distinguished Lecturers

MWT Associates is proud to introduce our lecturers...

Frank Drake

Frank Drake, PhD.
Senior Scientist

Frank Drake serves on the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute.
In 1960, as a staff member of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, he conducted the first radio search for extraterrestrial... continued
David Eicher

David Eicher
Editor, Astronomy Magazine


Dave Eicher has been with Astronomy magazine for 24 years, beginning as an assistant editor and working through associate, senior, and managing positions. He has been the magazine's editor since 2002... continued
Karri Ferron

Karri Ferron
Assistant Editor, Astronomy magazine

Growing up in Wisconsin, Karri developed a passion for words by reading anything she could get her hands on. She focused this enthusiasm into a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism and a minor in business at the University of Missouri... continued
Liz Kruesi

Liz Kruesi
Associate Editor, Astronomy magazine

Liz found her love of astronomy — and dark skies — at a young age, during family trips to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. That interest led her to earn her bachelor’s degree... continued
David Levy

David H. Levy
Jarnac Observatory, Inc.
Science Editor, Parade

David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 23 comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescopes.... continued
David Levy

Rosaly Lopes
NASA
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Rosaly Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist and Manager of Planetary Science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is an expert in planetary geology, particularly on volcanoes on Earth and other planets and moons.... continued
Dennis Mannama

Dennis Mammana
Astronomy Author & Photographer, SkyScapes

For more than three decades, Dennis Mammana has shared the wonder and mystery of the cosmos with audiences around the world. With a B.A. in physics from Otterbein College, and an M.S. in astronomy from Vanderbilt University, Mammana has held positions at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum.... continued

Jim Manning

Jim Manning
Executive Director, ASP

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announced today that James Manning has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Currently serving as Head of the Office of Public Outreach of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Mr. Manning will take up his new duties in San Francisco in early July... continued
Chris McKay

Chris McKay, PhD.
Member of the Mars Society
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA.

Dr. Chris McKay received his Ph.D. in AstroGeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1982 and has been a research scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center since that time. His current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human settlements.... continued
William Sheehan

William Sheehan
Contributing editor, Sky & Telescope
Psychiatrist, consultant to PACT-4 Families Collaborative

William Sheehan is one of the world's leading students of the planet Mars. In June 2001, he and a team of observers in the Florida Keys predicted and observed Martian flares at Edom Promontorium.... continued
Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak, PhD.
Public Programs Scientist and Senior Astronomer,
SETI Institute

Dr. Seth Shostak claims to have developed an interest in extraterrestrial life at the tender age of ten, when he first picked up a book about the solar system. This innocent beginning eventually led to a degree in radio astronomy, and now, as Senior Astronomer, Shostak.... continued
Marcie Smith

Marcie Smith
Mission Director - Kepler Mission
Mission Operations in the Space Projects Division at NASA Ames Research Center

Marcie Smith received her masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at Stanford University in 1980 and has been fortunate to have worked in unmanned planetary science flight operations ever since. She began as a flight operations engineer.... continued
Rich Talcott

Rich Talcott
Senior Editor, Astronomy magazine

Senior Editor Rich Talcott brings to the magazine a lifelong interest in the science of astronomy as well as observing the night sky. He graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, in 1976 with a degree in Mathematics.... continued
Michelle Thaller

Michelle Thaller, PhD.
Research Scientist,
California Institute of Technology

Dr. Michelle Thaller is a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology who divides her time between astronomical research and public education.... continued