Gannon University to Host Inaugural Bishop Trautman Lecture
Posted: 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
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.