Scientist to discuss extreme space in ECU presentation

Award-winning author Dr. David Baker will present, “The Nastiest, Smelliest Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System” at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in Room 2003 of the Bate Building at East Carolina University.

Dr. David Baker

Baker is chair of physics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. His book, “The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System,” examines extreme phenomena on the earth and other planets, including violent thunderstorms, bizarre features of Venus and Jupiter and the potential for dangerous dust devils near the landing site of the Mars Phoenix spacecraft.

The book was awarded a 2010 PROSE honorable mention in Cosmology and Astronomy and selected as a 2011 Outstanding University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

A book signing will occur before and after the presentation.

Baker’s visit is sponsored by the ECU affiliate of North Carolina Space Grant, the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the ECU Department of Geography.

For additional information contact Dr. Scott Curtis at 252-328-2088 or curtisw@ecu.edu.

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A book signing for Baker's book on extreme places in the solar system will be held at the event.

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