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Keynote Information for 2018 to Come

Our keynote speaker for 2018's Roger That! will be Colonel Guion Bluford. This page will be updated soon. In the meantime, feel free to read about last year's keynote speakers.


Brother Guy Consolmangno (Director of the Vatican Observatory)

Brother Guy Consolmagno

Brother Guy Consolmagno was born in Detroit, Michigan and serves as the Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. He obtained his masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1978, then became a Jesuit priest in 1991. His work focuses on asteroids and meteorites, and he was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society in 2014. His works in popular science include Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?...and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory.

Keynote Title: Why Do We Do Look Up At The Heavens?

Why did we go to the Moon? Why does the Vatican support an astronomical observatory? These questions mask a deeper question: why do individuals choose to spend their lives in pursuit of pure knowledge? The motivation behind our choices, both as individuals and as a society, controls the sorts of science that gets done. It determines the kinds of answers that are found to be satisfying. And ultimately, it affects the way in which we think of ourselves.

Date: Friday, February 10th / Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Location: Eberhard Center / Cost: Free
Optional: Boxed Lunch ($15)

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Martha and Sheryl Chaffee

Martha Chaffee

Martha Horn Chaffee, Roger's wife

Martha Horn Chaffee married Roger B. Chaffee in August 1957. Together they had two children, Sheryl and Stephen Chaffee. Following the Apollo 1 accident, Martha stayed in Houston, eventually opening a travel agency. She has maintained close ties with NASA and other organizations involved in space travel, serving on Board of Directors of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation from 2008 to 2013. She currently resides in New Mexico.

Sheryl Chaffee

Sheryl Lynn Chaffee, Roger's daughter

Sheryl Lynn Chaffee is the daughter of Martha and Roger B. Chaffee. She started working for NASA in 1983, and after spending time as an administrative specialist in Safety and Mission Assurance, took on the role of Real Property Officer at the Kennedy Space Center. Sheryl currently serves as Secretary of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation Board of Directors.

Keynote Title: A Conversation with Martha and Sheryl Chaffee

Date: Friday, February 10th / Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Eberhard Center / Cost: $35 (Includes Keynote and Dinner)

Tickets are required and can be purchased here.