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William Blair, Ph.D., a 1975 graduate of Olivet College, has been selected as the first speaker in The Hosford Lecture Series at the College. Dr. Blair will deliver his remarks, “A Preview of the James Webb Space Telescope: NASA’s Next Great Space Observatory,” in the Ruth Rawlings Mott Auditorium on the Olivet College campus at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. This program is free of charge and open to the public. The current COVID Policy at Olivet College requires face masks for all employees, students and visitors in indoor public spaces on campus.

After graduating cum laude from Olivet College with a double major in physics and mathematics, Dr. Blair received his M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Michigan, followed by three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Blair has had a distinguished career with a variety of NASA space exploration missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope Project (HUT). He currently serves as the User Support Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to be launched later this year. In that role, he oversees the teams responsible for developing documentation, tools, and proposal support materials and processes for the mission. Dr. Blair is a research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University on contact with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He was awarded the Olivet College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.

The Hosford Lecture Series is a program of Friends of the Hosford, an organization dedicated to living, celebrating and preserving the rich history of Olivet College. To learn more about the series or to join the email list for future lectures, contact the Olivet College Office of the Provost at 269-749-7618 or provostsoffice@olivetcollege.edu.