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BAKER CITY, OREGON__The Geiser Grand Hotel in historic Baker City, is excited to announce, the hotel has secured two space scientists as guests for the Solar Eclipse, August 19-21. Jayne Aubele and Larry S. Crumpler will provide context and understanding for the amazing eclipse! Jayne is the Adult Programs/Educator/Geologist and Larry is the Curator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. They’ve published many books and papers and won prestigious awards, such as the NASA Achievement Award.

Savvy scientists figured out years ago that the highest probability of clear skies in the entirety of the path of totality is right here in Baker City. That’s why the Geiser Grand Hotel has been sold out for more than two years.

“The early and ardent enthusiasm by scientists for the solar event inspired me to create a meaningful experience here,” said the Geiser’s owner, Barbara Sidway. ”We’re dazzled by these Planetary Geologists’ backgrounds.

Jayne Aubele is Senior Educator/Geologist for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. She has a Master’s degree in geology and one in planetary science and is working on a long-overdue Ph.D. As a geologist, she has focused on volcanoes and has mapped and researched the geology of New Mexico and the southwest (in person) and of the Moon, Mars and Venus (remotely). Prior to coming to the NM Museum, she was a research scientist and Program Manager for NASA’s Space Grant Program at Brown University. She has published a large number of scientific papers, popular articles about science for the general public, and science curricula for K-12 teachers. She has taught earth and space science topics to K-12 students, K-12 teachers, and the adult public. She was asked to write the entry on “Earth” for the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Space Science and has authored or co-authored chapters in books including Volcanoes of North America, The Geology of Mars, and the Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. She was technical advisor and on-air geologist for the NM-PBS program, The Sandias. She is past-President and current board member of the New Mexico Academy of Science, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Larry S. Crumpler, PHD, RESEARCH CURATOR, VOLCANOLOGY AND SPACE SCIENCE at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. His research interests include volcanology, magma ascent and eruption mechanics/ physics of volcanic emplacement processes and volcanic landscape processes; application of field geologic mapping and the analysis of recent volcanic structures and deposits; application of numerical modeling to the interpretation of physical processes of volcanism; Planetary Science, Comparative planetary volcanology of Mars, Venus, Earth; use of planetary data to understand volcanic processes from well-preserved planetary examples; exploration of Mars with surface landers and rovers. Dr. Crumpler is a participant in operations and science analysis of Viking Orbiter, Magellan, Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and, currently, Mars Exploration Rover missions.

The scientists will make presentations and take questions at seven seatings: Dinner, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; Brunch Sunday, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and Monday; 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 for dinner and $40 for brunch. Seating is limited, so we suggest calling for tickets early! Visitors who are camping, staying with friends or in motels are welcome to join in the adventure, including hanging out with our Space Scientists.

While the Geiser Grande Hotel rooms are sold out with a waiting list, the hotel is offering RV spaces as well as some dormitory style accommodations without private bath.

For more information, please call the Geiser Grand Hotel, 541.523.1889 or request by email to info@geisergrand.com.



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