Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-06-09

Dr. H. Philip Stahl, senior optical physicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, will discuss the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at Samford University's Christenberry Planetarium on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. The public is invited free of charge.

The JWST, which replaces the Hubble telescope, will search for the first luminous objects of the universe to help answer questions about how the universe came to look as it does today. The telescope is scheduled to begin its 10-year mission in 2011.

At Marshall, Dr. Stahl is the JWST optical components technical lead. He is a leading authority in optical metrology, optical engineering and phase-measuring interferometry.

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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.