SEU to Host Science Symposium

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Dr. Robert Novak, scientist and former department chair at Iona College, will be the keynote speaker at Southeastern University’s College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) symposium. The event will take place on Thursday, April 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Buena Vida auditorium and is free and open to the public.

As a part of the symposium, throughout the day over 30 SEU students will present research, capstone and field study projects on various topics in natural science, math and health sciences.

Novak will discuss advancements in the studies done on Mars that use space probes to orbit the planet. He will show telescopes used, images produced and explain how these images are analyzed. Novak will present recent results using a cross disperse spectrometer that has been recently placed on the NASA-IRTF.

Novak has been active in scientific research and for the past twenty years, he has worked with NASA’s Astrobiology Institute located at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Novak, along with several of his students, has made several trips to the NASA telescope located on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, resulting in over 40 scientific publications. He has secured over $500,000 in funding from both NASA and National Science Foundation.

Novak received his B.S. in physics from Iona College, his M.S. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. While pursuing his Ph.D., he also taught as a full-time faculty member at Iona College for seven years. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lattimore at 863.667.5353.