Stardust scientist to speak at UWT Commencement June 9

Dr. Donald Brownlee, principal investigator in NASA’s Stardust Discover mission, will be the commencement speaker at University of Washington Tacoma’s Commencement, June 9, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Tacoma Dome.

Brownlee, professor of astronomy at University of Washington Seattle, has been analyzing the first-ever comet particles brought to earth earlier this year when NASA’s Stardust space capsule landed in Utah after traveling 2.9 billion miles in seven years. Scientists believe these particles contain the history of the solar system. Brownlee will discuss his latest work on this groundbreaking project at his commencement address.

Approximately 850 students will graduate at the 16th UW Tacoma commencement exercises, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration, Computing and Software Systems, Education, Environmental Science, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Social Work and Urban Studies.