Gannon University to Host Inaugural Bishop Trautman Lecture

Brother Guy ConsolmagnoPosted: January 27, 2015

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, and the Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG), Tucson, Arizona, will deliver the inaugural Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology, Gannon University.

The lecture, entitled "God, Astronomy, and the Search for Elegance," will be given on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Yehl Alumni Room in Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.

His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In 1996, he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with a National Science Foundation-sponsored team on the blue ice of Antarctica, and in 2000 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) honored him for his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids with the naming of asteroid 4597 Consolmagno.

Brother Guy Consolmagno is a native of Detroit. He earned degrees in planetary sciences at MIT and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 1978), and taught at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Peace Corps, and at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuit order in 1989. Since 1993 he has served at the Vatican Observatory as an astronomer and curator of meteorites, and in September became president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author or coauthor of several popular astronomy books including his most recent, "Would You Baptize anExtraterrestrial?" with Fr. Paul Mueller.

The lecture was made possible by an anonymous donation in honor of Bishop-Emeritus Donald Trautman, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Erie from 1990-2012 as well as Chairperson of the Gannon University Board of Trustees. The Bishop Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by email here or calling (814) 871-7334.