David A. Weintraub is a Professor of Astronomy and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as Director of the Program in the Communication of Science and Technology (CSET) and Co-Director of the Scientific Computing Program. Dr. Weintraub earned his B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from Yale University and M.S. in Geophysics and Spaced Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA as well. Dr. Weintraub is a respected member of the Vanderbilt community and has served as both Faculty Senate and Faculty Council Chair during his tenure at the university. He is the author of several books and articles, including How Old is the Universe? (2012), Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? (2014), and the forthcoming, Life on Mars: What To Know Before We Go (2018).