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NASA Astrobiologist and Lunar Scientist Dr. Brad Bailey to Present Lecture at YHC

Thursday, April 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

NASA Astrobiologist and Lunar Scientist Dr. Brad Bailey to Present Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Thursday, April 12, Young Harris College’s Division of Mathematics and Science will host “Life in the Universe, as Told by the Moon and Mars,” a guest lecture by NASA astrobiologist and lunar scientist Brad Bailey, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bailey received his B.S. in physics with minors in optics, chemistry and Japanese from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., before earning his M.S. in astrophysics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he used the Very Large Array (VLA) to qualitatively analyze spectra from pulsars.

In 1998, Dr. Bailey was accepted into the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy, an immersive summer research program for college students that provides direct contact with NASA researchers. After working for two years as a hardware engineer for the International Space Station at NASA's Ames Research Center, Dr. Bailey earned his Ph.D. in marine microbiology and geochemistry from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, Calif.

Dr. Bailey currently serves as deputy director for the NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration as well as a staff scientist at the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5217.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu

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