For all of recorded history, and presumably well before that, people have been asking the Big Questions: What is the nature of the universe? How big is it? How old? What is our place in it?
For just as long, we’ve been making up answers. Every generation was convinced it got it right, and each in turn was proven wrong.
Stunning advances in modern cosmology finally appear to give definitive answers to some of the Big Questions. Professor Stacy McGaugh of Case Western Reserve University will explore the evidence supporting this picture, and ask whether we have finally got it right. History – and quite a lot of contradictory evidence – suggest we may still have a lot to learn.
Stacy McGaugh is a professor of astronomy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His research interests include cosmology, dark matter, and the evolution of galaxies. He obtained a PhD in astronomy from the University of Michigan in 1992, working with professor G.D. Bothun. This year, McGaugh returns to Ann Arbor to give the annual Distinguished Alumnus Colloquium as well as a public lecture on the nature of the universe.
This is the audio recording of the 11/16 meet-up with Dr. Nick Wigginton, associate editor for Science Magazine. In this meet-up, Nick discusses the process of publishing scientific research and experiments, and uses examples from his own experience as an editor of a prestigious scientific journal.
The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, November 16th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.
Our special guest will be Nick Wiggington, associate editor of Science magazine. Nick will be discussing science publishing. He can talk about the process in which scientific research is qualified, peer-reviewed, and ultimately published.
The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.
There is no fee for admission but donations to cover the guest speakers’ meal and beverages, as well as group expenses, are welcome.
This conversation has been edited. Much of the discussion centers around various types of cancers and anti-cancer drug treatments, and then the discussion shifts to the roles/responsibilities of researchers that details the day-to-day duties, animal testing issues, and various ways researchers obtain funding and grants.
On Saturday, December 7th, the annual Michigan Atheists convention will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, in Ann Arbor. There will be a series of speakers/presentations starting at 10am. Registration is $30, plus $16.50 for a private lunch. However, the registration is free for any organizers and student members of high school, college and university on-site campus secular organizations.
You can register by printing out this form (27TH ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION) and mail it in with your fee. There is also a free reception on Friday evening from 7pm to 11pm for those who register.
The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center is located at 2900 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
The Michigan Atheists are a group that fights for the separation of church and state. When policy-makers overstep, the Michigan Atheists try to inform the secular community so that an appropriate reaction can take place.