There is a Yiddish proverb: Tell a fool to close the shutters, and he’ll close them all over town.

This much can be said about the organizers of the following conferences: Ask a schlemiel to find a celeberity speaker and he will make a beeline for John Mather.

The high profile feting of science fraud John Mather continues unabated in certain quarters.

I notice that NASA has not updated their much-vaunted site:

John Mather::Speaking Schedule

in a while. Holidays season and all that. But so that John Mather fans do not suffer any longer, I have pieced together some information which might tide you over until NASA comes on strong with the full schedule again. And to make your experience authentic, I have even borrowed – with thanks – the NASA banner that goes along with this page! So here goes:

John Mather’s Speaking Schedule


January 3

In Thiruvananthapuram, India to attend ceremonies to receive from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s hands the nation’s high honor, the President Gold Medal.

January 4

Represent the US at the Space Summit of the 97th Indian Science Congress, Thiruvananthapuram, India; In the Kanakakkunnu Palace to ceremonially launch two new Indian encyclopaedias: “The Encyclopaedia of Astronomy” and “The Encyclopaedia of the Origin of Species.”

January 5

Deliver the Silver Jubilee Lecture at the SRM University, Chennai, India

January 6

Meet with the students of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan in Chennai, India.

January 22

Give a lecture on Astronomy with the James Webb Space Telescope at 10am, MICA amphitheater (virtual reality)

February 25

Give a videoconference lecture at IIT Madras

March 8

Give a talk at the “First Stars and Galaxies: Challenges in the Next Decade” Conference at the University of Texas, Austin, TX

March 17 – 19

Give a talk at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Matrch 26 – 28

Give a talk on the Beginning to the possible end of the Universe at the COGNIZANCE Conference, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.

March 27

Give a talk at the Grand Opening of Towson University’s New Planetarium.

April 19

Give a talk at NSF on James Webb Space Telescope: From First Stars to Planets.

April 29

Deliver the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture in the Dodds Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

October 1

Give the Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture at Alabama A&M University.


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