James Kasting discusses "Mysteries of Mars" at April 10 Research Unplugged

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- James Kasting, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, will present "4th Rock From The Sun: Exploring The Mysteries Of Mars," at 12:30 p.m. on April 10 at Schlow Centre Region Library as part of the Research Unplugged series.

Research Unplugged brings together Penn State researchers and the State College community for lively public discussions.

Kasting's topic is thematically tied to this year's Centre County Reads focus on Mary Roach's book, Packing For Mars. He will discuss the myths, misconceptions and realities relating to Mars, our solar system's fourth planet from the sun. A question and answer session will be part of the program.

Kasting is an internationally renowned expert in geophysical history and status of the Earth, with an emphasis on atmospherics. He has published widely on the habitability criteria of other stellar systems and planets. He has served NASA at the Ames Research Center in various capacities, including as a member of the scientific working group for the Terrestrial Planet Finder.

Research Unplugged is celebrating its 10th year as a town and gown discussion series. All events are held in the Downsbrough Community Room on Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are free and open to the public, with complimentary light refreshments.

The Research Unplugged series is made possible with the support of Penn State and Schlow Centre Region Library. For additional information, contact series coordinator Melissa Beattie Moss at 814-865-2614 or mbmoss@psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 14, 2014