Harold Arthur Geller

George Mason University
Physics and Astronomy

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Regarding public policy Dr. Harold A. Geller focuses his efforts and expertise in the education, science and space policy arena. He has served on committees to review and establish the next generation science standards for K-12 and higher education. He has spoken at national conferences on the position of faculty in higher education, the state of shared governance and contingent faculty. He has examined and critiqued the space policies of the United Nations. He has worked in public outreach programs leading to awards for his excellence in online educational videos. Since 2012, he serves as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA/JPL. In 2010 and 2009 he won six Telly Awards for online educational videos in association with Astrocast.TV. In 2008 Geller won the GMU Faculty Member of the Year Award and he authored a book on astrobiology which has seen a 2012 revision. He has served as: principal investigator of a research grant in public opinion of space policy; past President of the Potomac Geophysical Society; producer of two educational multimedia CD-ROMs; doctoral fellow of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; Deputy Director of Washington Operations for the Consortium for Earth Science Information Networks; and, planetarian at the Einstein Planetarium in the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Geller has contributed to publications in education, astrophysics, astrobiology, biochemistry, space policy and public opinion on space policy. He has contributed to an edited volume debating the policies of the world regarding contact with extraterrestrial civilizations and the expected nature of such extraterrestrial intelligences. Dr. Geller teaches a course regarding energy and the environment; and, is co-author of a textbook in this discipline, titled "Renewable Energy, A First Course."

Ehrlich, R. and Geller, H., 2017. "Renewable Energy: A First Course." CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL. 2nd edtion.
Abstract: This revised edition is fully updated and continues to provide the best in-depth introduction to renewable energy science. It focuses mainly on renewable energy, but also addresses nonrenewable energy (fossil fuels and nuclear technology). The coverage extends from the basic physics to conservation, economic, and public policy issues, with strong emphasis on explaining how things work in practice. The authors avoid technical jargon and advanced math, but address fundamental analytical skills with wide application.
URL: https://www.amazon.com/Renewable-Energy-Second-First-Course/dp/1138297380/
Geller, Harold A. [Editor] 2015. "Multigenerational Starship Design Considerations: A Problem Based Learning Laboratory Experience." Lulu Press: Raleigh, NC.
Abstract: This volume examines the multidisciplinary aspects of the design of a mission to the stars. The feasibility of a journey to the stars in a lifetime of a single human being is quite unlikely, leading to the need to examine all aspects of a multi-generation star ship mission. Not only are some science and engineering aspects addressed, but also the sociological and psychological aspects of such a journey to the stars examined.
URL: http://www.amazon.com/Multigenerational-Starship-Design-Considerations-Harold/dp/1312887842/
Geller, Harold A. 2013. "Harmful ETI Hypothesis Denied: Visiting ETIs Likely Altruists. In Extraterrestrial Altruism: Evolution and Ethics in the Cosmos." ed. by D. A. Vakoch. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Abstract: We examine the rationale for policies related to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In 2010, Stephen Hawking proposed a SETI policy whereby no signals should be transmitted into space because of fear of the discovery of our species by a belligerent space-faring civilization. We address each of Hawking's premises which led him to suggesting the SETI policy he did in 2010. We conclude that Hawkings' overarching hypothesis is flawed and that our species should attempt to contact extraterrestrials using various means.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37750-1_5
Geller, H., 2009. "Leadership Considerations for Incoming Community College President." Washington, DC: Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).
Abstract: Recommendations for incoming community college presidents.
Geller, Harold A., 2010. "Stephen Hawking Is Wrong. Earth Would Not Be A Target For Alien Conquest." Journal of Cosmology 7:1777-1794.
Abstract: Analysis of policies related to contacting extraterrestrial intelligences.
Geller, Harold A., 2011. "From the Pale Blue Dot to the Red Planet: Why Choose to go to Mars?" Journal of Cosmology 13:4121-4130.
Abstract: Article on why we should choose to develop a mission to Mars.
Haque, S, Thiel, C.S., Pletser, V., Rampelotto, P.H., Geller, H., Gott, J.R., Ruff, S.W., Giddings, S., Leitner, J.J. and Firneis, M.G., 2011. "Why We Must Go To Mars. In A One Way Mission To Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet." ed. by Paul Davies and Dirk Schulze-Makuch. Boston: Cosmology Science Publishers.
Abstract: Chapter providing reasons to support policies for a mission to Mars.
Geller, H., 2012. "Astrobiology – The Integrated Science Curriculum." AV Akademikerverlag: Saarbrucken, Germany. 2nd edition.
Abstract: Book outlining a recommended approach to the teaching of astrobiology as an integrated science curriculum.
Hennig, L.A.A., Bishop, J., Geller, H., Gould, A. and Schatz, D., 2012. "Science Standards: The Next Generation; Minimum Astronomy and Space Science Concepts in a K–12 Curriculum." In Connecting People to Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach edited by Joseph B. Jensen, James G. Manning, Michael G. Gibbs, and Doris Daou. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Abstract: Analyzing the Next Generation Science Standards and the need for astronomy and space science content for inclusion.

Substantive Focus:
Education Policy SECONDARY
Energy and Natural Resource Policy
Science and Technology Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY
Public Opinion