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"The Colbert Report"

Dec 18, 2014
included George Saunders G'88, professor of English, in its star-studded series finale. Saunders was a popular guest on the show.

The Daily Mail (U.K.)

Dec 17, 2014
featured research by Susan Parks, assistant professor of biology, about how whales communicate. The story was picked up by other international outlets, including Phys.org, Nature World News, The Hindu, and India.com.


Dec 16, 2014
interviewed Jason Wiles, assistant professor of biology, about "Bill Nye the Science Guy."

WRVO Public Media

Dec 11, 2014
spoke with Afton Kapuscinski G'12, director of the Psychological Services Center, about seasonal affective disorder.

Public Broadcasting System

Dec 10, 2014
is airing a discussion between Gustav Niebuhr, associate professor of religion and media at Syracuse; and Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. The interview is part of PBS' "Great Conversation" series.


Dec 10, 2014
interviewed Stephen C. Meyer, associate professor of music history and cultures, about the ongoing popularity of "lavish symphonic" soundtracks.

"Bridge Street" (WSYR-TV)

Dec 4, 2014
featured a performance by members of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), as well as a conversation with James T. Spencer, SUBE music director and FNSSI executive director. The clip was in support of "Holidays at Hendricks."

CNY Central

Nov 14, 2014
spoke with Steve Secora, Associate Dean of College Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences about why sophomore year is the best time for high school students to begin the college search process.

Syracuse New Times

Nov 13, 2014
featured a series of photos from La Casita Cultural Center’s recent Two to Tango event.

Time Warner Cable News

Nov 12, 2014
spoke with Kristen Kennedy of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders about hearing loss among veterans

The New York Times

Oct 9, 2014
spoke with Jason Fridley, associate professor of biology, about the mystery of invasive species.

Science on Mars Time: Roving the Red Planet with Curiosity

Laurie Leshin of RPI University will present latest discoveries from Mars

Mar 21, 2013 | Article by: Judy Holmes

Lauri Leshin

Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Mars rover Curiosity is a roaming science lab on the Red Planet that is continually sending information to scientists on Earth. One of those scientists is Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a cosmochemist who looks for signs of water on Mars and other objects in the solar system.

Leshin will discuss some of the latest findings from Mars during “Science on Mars Time: Roving the Red Planet with Curiosity” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in Syracuse University’s Crouse-Hinds Hall, Room 010.  Her lecture is part of the K. Douglas Nelson Lecture Series in the Department of Earth Sciences in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences. The lecture is co-sponsored by SU ADVANCE and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at SU and is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in SU’s paid lots.

In addition to Leshin’s presentation, WiSE will present the 2013 Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Research Prize in the Sciences. The prize is presented annually to students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and submit the best manuscript or presentation from a professional meeting in the natural sciences.

Leshin is a member of the science team for the Curiosity, a sophisticated science lab that touched down on the planet’s surface on Aug. 5, 2012. Curiosity is the centerpiece of NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission. The huge robot landed inside Mars' Gale Crater, kicking off a planned two-year surface mission to determine if the area ever could have supported microbial life.

Self portrait of Curiosity from Mars

Mars rover Curiosity self portrait. The self portrait is a mosaic of images taken by Curiosity's Mars hand lens imager camera during the 177th Martian day (Feb.3, 2013 on Earth). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Prior to joining RPI, Leshin served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, where she played a leading role in NASA’s future human spaceflight endeavors. She oversaw the planning and execution of the next generation of human exploration systems, as well as the research, robotic, and future capabilities development activities that support them. She was also engaged in initiating the development of commercial human spaceflight capabilities to low earth orbit. Prior to that work, Leshin served as Director of Science and Deputy Center Director for Science and Technology at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Leshin is a former director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University, which houses the largest university-based meteorite collection in the world.  An asteroid was named in her honor (4922 Leshin) by the International Astronomical Union.  Leshin was the inaugural recipient of the Meteoritical Society’s Nier Prize in 1996 for her work, served on President Bush’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, received the 2004 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for her work on the Commission and, in 2011, the Outstanding Leadership Medal for her work at NASA. President Obama recently appointed Leshin to the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

She holds a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.


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