Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-07-15

Extraterrestrial impacts and their importance to the Earth's, and Alabama's, history will be the topic at the Tuesday, July 19, meeting of the Birmingham Astronomical Society. The public is invited to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Christenberry Planetarium in Samford University's Sciencenter.

The speaker, Dr. Jim Lacefield, will discuss the nature of the earth's geological record and how the planet has been affected through time by the impacts of objects such as comets, asteroids and meteorites. A semi-retired professor at the University of North Alabama, Lacefield is the author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide to the State's Ancient Life and Landscapes. 

For information, contact planetarium director George Atchley at (205) 726-4139.

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.