McDonnell Distinguished Lecture Series

March 2021

Dark Matter in the Universe  | Professor Katherine Freese, The University of Texas at Austin

The Dark Side of the Universe  | Professor Katherine Freese, The University of Texas at Austin

March 2019

Falling dominoes: Ice sheets and sea level  | Professor Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

Finding the good news on energy and environment  | Professor Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

March 2018

The Precarious Present - Is Global Warming Inhibiting an Incipient Ice Age?  | Professor George Philander, Princeton University

The Hedgehog and the Fox - A Nelson Mandela Perspective on Global Warming  | Professor George Philander, Princeton University

March 2017

Geology Never Sleeps: Lessons from the Geological Exploration of the Pluto System  | Professor William B. McKinnon, Washington University in St. Louis

Pluto Explored! NASA's Epic Voyage to the Edge of the Solar System  | Professor William B. McKinnon, Washington University in St. Louis

March 2016

Models for Compositional Variations in the Murray Formation Mudstone, Gale Crater, Mars  | John P. Grotzinger, California Institute of Technology

A Habitable Environment in the Gale Crater on Mars  | John P. Grotzinger, California Institute of Technology

April 2015

Mercury ain't the Moon: Results from the MESSENGER mission  | Roger J. Phillips, Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO; Director Emeritus, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences and Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

No Denying Climate Change on Mars  | Roger J. Phillips, Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO; Director Emeritus, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences and Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

March 2014

The origin of Earth's volatiles  | Professor Alex Halliday, FRS, University of Oxford

The Origin of the Earth and Moon  | Professor Alex Halliday, FRS, University of Oxford

April 2013

Constraints on Grain Formation Around Carbon Stars From Laboratory Studies of Presolar Graphite  | Professor Thomas J. Bernatowicz, Washington University in St. Louis

Stardust in the Laboratory  | Professor Thomas J. Bernatowicz, Washington University in St. Louis

April 2012

Black Holes, Waves of Gravity, and other Warped Ideas of Dr. Einstein  | Clifford Will, James S. McDonnell Professor of Space Sciences

Testing General Relativity in the Strong-Field Dynamical Regime  | Clifford Will, James S. McDonnell Professor of Space Sciences

March 2011

Mysteries of the Dark Universe  | Rocky Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Taking Sides on Dark Energy  | Rocky Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

April 2010

The Promise and Challenge of Detecting Gravitational Waves From Space  | Bernard Schutz, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Gravitational Waves: Listening to the Music of the Spheres  | Bernard Schutz, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

April 2009

Finding the Big Bang  | P. James E. Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus, Princeton University

Establishing the Big Bang  | P. James E. Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus, Princeton University

March 2008

The James Webb Space Telescope: A Window to the Past  | Kathryn Flanagan, Senior Scientist and Head of James Webb Space Telescope Mission Office, Space Telescope Science Institute

X-Ray Astronomy with the Naked Eye: The Chandra High Resolution Spectrum of SNR 1E0102-72  | Kathryn Flanagan, Senior Scientist and Head of James Webb Space Telescope Mission Office, Space Telescope Science Institute

March 2007

The MESSENGER Mission to Mercury  | Sean C. Solomon, Director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

The Impact of Roger on Mars as a Codger: The Geophysical Evolution of Early Mars  | Sean C. Solomon, Director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

April 2006

The Accelerating Universe: Einstein’s Blunder Undone  | Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard College Professor of Astronomy and Clowes Professor of Science, Harvard University

April 2004

The Stardust Mission  | Donald Brownlee, Professor of Astronomy, University of Washington

April 2003

Outer space is our window on the earliest moments of creation. In the beginning…  | Michael S. Turner, Bruce V. & Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, University of Chicago

April 2002

"Extraterrestrial Life? So what?"  | Bruce Jakosky, Director, University of Colorado Center for Astrobiology