Published on September 4, 2009  

Samford University's Christenberry Planetarium Director George Atchley was recently awarded a $1000 microgrant from NASA to fund a program entitled "Stars Fell on Alabama." The program's goal is to encourage high school students to get involved in science. Students will learn to use robotic telescopes located in southern Arizona through computer software. They will each create images that will be judged by the Birmingham Astronomical Society and displayed in the planetarium.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.