Dr. Bish’s presentation, entitled “The Mars Science Laboratory Experience,” will discuss his role in NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity mission, and the collected samples of rock from the planet that provided evidence that, in the distant past, Mars possessed conditions needed to support life. Dr. Bish is the Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University, where he moved to in 2003 after spending 23 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Bish received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and did postdoctoral research at Harvard University. Since then his research has focused on clay and zeolite mineralogy and X-ray powder diffraction, and he has been a co-investigator on the CheMin Martian XRD instrument since 1991. He is a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and has been president of several scientific societies.
The Dixie Forum is a lecture series designed to introduce DSU students, faculty, and the St. George community to diverse ideas and personalities and to widen their world views. Forum lectures are free and open to the general public for participation. Dixie students can earn one college credit by signing up for HUM 1000, attending lectures regularly, carefully considering the ideas expressed, and writing about the presentations.
The weekly Dixie Forum series will conclude its 2014 Spring Semester slate on Tuesday, April 15, featuring a discussion on “The Art of the Book: Object, Text, Image, Experience” by Marnie Powers-Torrey, managing director of the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah and Red Butte Press.
For further information on DSU's Dixie Forum series, please contact DSU Forum coordinator John Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dixie.edu/humanities/dixie_forum.php.