Geology professor to debate at American Museum of Natural History
GOLDEN, Colo., March 4, 2008 – Murray Hitzman, Colorado School of Mines Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology, has been invited to participate in the 8th Annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on March 13.
The discussion will explore and debate the subject with a panel of experts from the fields of planetary science, aerospace engineering, environmental engineering and space law. Hitzman will serve as an expert in terrestrial mineral exploration and mining.
- John S. Lewis—Professor, Lunar and Planetary Lab, University of Arizona; expert in Cosmochemistry planetary atmospheres
- Cassie Conley—Acting Planetary Protection Officer, NASA Headquarters; expert in international guidelines to prevent biological contamination while exploring the solar system
- Henry R. Hertzfeld—Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; expert on legal and economic issues of space and high technology industries
- Curtis Manning—Engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, expert in the technology of converting space materials into usable hardware
Hitzman currently serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Earth Resources and is a member of the NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. He worked in Washington, D.C., as the Geological Society of America Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Joseph Lieberman from 1993-94 and as a policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1994-96.
He has published extensively on the geology of mineral deposits and on natural resource policy issues and is a lead researcher in a joint U.S.-Australian team who are reexamining the geology and mineral deposits of the Central African Copperbelt in Zambia and the Congo, one of the world’s richest sources of metals.
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