- Alina Selby ’14
- Hometown: Finleyville, PA
- Major: Mechanical engineering
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
World renowned scientist and author Carl Sagan highlighted the 1989 Schooler Lecture Series by speaking at Mount Union Wednesday, September 13. Sagan presented his lecture based on the theme "Ethics and Technology."
Sagan, a professor of astronomy and space sciences at Cornell University, is known primarily for his award winning book and television series both entitled "Cosmos." His Emmy and Peabody award winning television program became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television.
In addition to more than 600 published scientific papers and articles, Sagan is author, co author or editor of more than 20 books , including "Broca'a Brain", "Comet", "Contact", and "The Dragons of Eden", for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Sagan has served as chairman of the division for planetary sciences of the American Astronomical Society, as president of the planetary section of the American Geophysical Union and as chairman of the astronomy section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For 12 years he was editor-in- chief of "Icarus", the leading professional journal for planetary research.
He has done scientific research on the greenhouse effect on Venus, dust storms on Mars, the organic haze on Tritan, the origin of life and the search for life elsewhere.
Currently, Sagan is president of the Planetary Society, the largest space-interest group in the world, and is involved in research of the long-term effects of nuclear war.