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International Rising Star in Astronomy Dr. Scott Gaudi ’91 Takes IMSA and Adler Audiences on Space Journey

IMSA alumnus and internationally acclaimed Astronomer Dr. Scott Gaudi ’91 returned to his Illinois roots to share his love of science and the joys of discovery during two back-to-back lectures at IMSA and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.

Dr. Gaudi, an assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University, received worldwide media attention for leading a team of 69 international astronomers in discovering a solar system similar to our own. Gaudi also was recently awarded the Helen B. Warner Prize for “significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy” by the American Astronomical Society. In addition, he was named one of the “10 Rising Stars of Astronomy” by Astronomy Magazine and "one of the 20 scientists to watch in the next 20 years" by DISCOVER magazine.

His lecture, A Quest for Our Origins: From Rural American Kid to Professional Astronomer, was held during the event IMSA – A Shining Star March 5, 2009 at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago. The event, sponsored by Abbott Laboratories and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, attracted 150 prominent business, education and state government officials for an evening featuring a dinner, silent auction and Dr. Gaudi’s special presentation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education (IMSA Fund) and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy for mathematics and science programs that serve children and teachers throughout Illinois. The IMSA Fund is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit corporation that accepts and distributes gifts and grants from the private sector to support IMSA’s mission and work.

If you would like to view the lecture, which is presented in three segments,  please click on the links below:

March 2009 Adler Lecture - Welcome Remarks By IMSA President Dr. Max McGee

Dr. Scott Gaudi ’91 – From Rural American Kid to Professional Astronomer

Dr. Scott Gaudi ’91 – The Search for Other Worlds and Life in the Universe

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