With the announcement of the Minority University and College Education and Research Partnership Initiative in Space Science - 2003 (MUCERPI-2003) award, SCSU became involved in the exciting field of Astrobiology.
Since receiving the MUCERPI-2003 award, SCSU has significantly increased its involvement in the field of astrobiology though partnerships with the Goddard Center for Astrobiology at GSFC, The Minority Institution Astrobiology Collaboratory (MIAC), as well as with Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.
During the Summer of 2004, Dr. Walter spent ten weeks in the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland on a NASA Faculty Fellowship with Drs. Michael Mumma and Michael DiSanti of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology in a study of the IR spectra of the comet WM1.
SCSU is working with NASA Explorer Schools in the state in developing activities focusing on astrobiology that involve university faculty and students working with the teachers and students at the Explorer Schools. A get acquainted meeting was held on September 30, 2004.
For further information on the Astrobiology program at SCSU you can view this presentation given by Dr. Walter in February 2004.