IU professor to become planetary protection officer for NASA
February 4, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Lisa Pratt can't help but laugh when talking about her new job.
"The title is not a title anybody should have," she said.
Pratt is stepping down from her position as associate executive dean of Indiana University's College of Arts and Sciences to become NASA's planetary protection officer.
The position captivated the nation for a few days in August when news outlets proclaimed NASA was looking for someone to defend the Earth against aliens. That description, while sensational, is technically accurate.
When Pratt assumes her new position Feb. 5, she will have two p...