Event Details

Don't miss the 8th season of the Museum of Boulder's popular series, Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People! This monthly series runs from September through April and presents the innovative people whose connection with our city make Boulder the remarkable community that it is today. This year's speakers include an astrophysicist working on missions to Jupiter, the world's only blind coffee roaster, and a local film critic - full lineup here. Participants enjoy wine and light appetizers and have an opportunity to interact with the speakers and ask questions.

February's speaker is Dr. Fran Bagenal, a long-time Boulder resident and professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU. She will discuss her work on the New Fontiers' missions to Pluto and Jupiter as well as her outdoor pursuits. For more about Dr. Bagenal, see this video and her bio below.

Doors open: 5:30pm - enjoy wine and light appetizers

Event begins: 5:45pm

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Dr. Fran Bagenal was born and grew up in England. She studied Physics and Geophysics at the University of Lancaster. In 1976, inspired by NASA’s missions to Mars and the prospect of the Voyager mission, she moved to the US for graduate study at MIT. Her 1981 PhD thesis involved analysis of data from the Voyager Plasma Science experiment in Jupiter’s giant magnetosphere. She spent 1982-1987 as a post-doctoral researcher in space physics at Imperial College, London.

Voyager flybys of Uranus and Neptune brought her back to the US and she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1989. She is professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics.

In addition to the Voyager mission, Dr. Bagenal has been on the science teams of the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Deep Space 1 mission to Comet Borrelly. She edited Jupiter: Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere (Cambridge University Press, 2004). She heads the plasma teams on the first two New Frontiers missions: the New Horizons mission that - after a 9.5-year flight - flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 and Juno that went into orbit over the poles of Jupiter in 2016.