Maggie Sheer to present Willard Lecture on Planetary Discovery


Dr. Maggie Sherer, professor of physics and chair, will deliver the Carl F. Willard Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Yates-Gill College Union, Room 221. A reception will follow. 

In her lecture, “Planet Hunt: The Good, the Weird, and the Non-existent,” she will explore a history of planetary discovery, including how we know planets exist and what it means when a “discovered” planet is not really there. She will also examine newly discovered planets with very unusual properties and what this means for the development of solar systems, and ultimately life, in the universe.

The Willard Distinguished Teacher Award is granted to one outstanding Jewell educator each year. Faculty members are nominated for the award by a committee of peers, and the president and provost then select the winner, who is invited to give a lecture as part of the award.

Carl F. Willard, a Trustee of William Jewell College from 1967 to 1991, led in establishing nationally recognized programs of faculty accountability and support at the College, enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in a school known for excellence. In recognition of his contributions, friends and family established The Carl F. Willard Distinguished Teacher Award 30 years ago.