(04/19) Observing the Universe: Telescopes

Mario-Mateo-HeadshotThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, April 19 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Cubs AC. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. Mario Matteo, professor of Astronomy at the University of Michigan.  We will be discussing his research into studying the universe through telescopes and other survey instrumentation.  Dr. Matteo is one of the leading developers of some of the most sophisticated instruments of observation in the world.  And very recently, some of his work challenges the current models of dark matter as an explanatory reason of the distribution of mass in nearby galaxies.

This should be an exciting topic of conversation, so I urge you to RSVP early.  And if you do RSVP, and learn that you will be unable to attend, please update your RSVP.  There will be a limit of 35 people.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering of food and beverages. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.

There is no cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses (including our upcoming Scientists Fair event), are appreciated.

You can RSVP here or on our Meetup page.

Meet-Up (04/05) – Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering

jay guoThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, April 5th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Cubs AC. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. L Jay Guo, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Guo’s area of specialty is Optoelectronics; Biophotonics; Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication.  So we will discuss these topics, as well as understand our current state of utilizing cutting-edge technologies in the manufacturing world.

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 cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses, are appreciated.

You can RSVP here or on our Meetup Page

Meet-Up (02/15) – Plant Evolution and ‘The Tree of Life Project’

Steve SmithThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, February 15th 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 Dr. Stephen Smith, an evolutionary biologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  His research focuses on plant evolution, detecting and describing large scale patterns of evolution, examining differences in the rate of molecular evolution, and using new data sources like transcriptomes and genomes to address these questions.

He is also currently working on the Tree of Life project, a collaborative effort by “biologists and nature enthusiasts” to “provide information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.”  A recent story from the University of Michigan News Service describes this project in relation to determining how plants evolved to survive in cold weather.

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 cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses, are appreciated.

You can RSVP here.

Meet-Up (01/25) – Origin of Organics in Solar System Formation

RuudVisser6The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, January 25th 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 Ruud Visser.  His research focuses on the chemical aspects of low-mass star formation. Combining observations and computer simulations, he ultimately wants to understand how the Sun and the Earth were formed and how life emerged.

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 cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses, are appreciated.

You can RSVP here.

Meet-Up (11/16) – “Science Publishing”

Nick WiggingtonThe 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.

You can RSVP here or on our Meetup page.

Meet-Up (10/26) – “Stem Cells and Cancer Research”

Eugene ManleyThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, September 21st 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 Dr. Eugene Manley, an engineer and biologist focusing on the intersection of biology and orthopedics. Dr. Manley will talk about his PhD work in which he analyzed cancer stem cells in lung cancer, as well as his current research on locating genes that control bone size as a potential target for preventing fracture risk later in life.

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.

Please RSVP here or on our Meetup Page.

There is no fee for admission but donations to cover the guest speakers’ meal and beverages, as well as group expenses are welcome.