“Scientists Fair 2014″ (Saturday, May 31st)

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On Saturday May 31st, the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are hosting the third annual “Scientists Fair,” a science fair where the exhibits are actual scientists.  The event will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. This will be free and open to both Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics members and the public.

Located in the Multi-Purpose room (in the lower level of the main branch), there will be several professors and researchers from the University of Michigan with expertise in general fields of knowledge, available to answer your questions. Some of the topics will include: Astrochemistry, Geology & Earth Science, Exploring Mars, Climate Science, Medical Research, Nuclear Power, and more

You can watch a short video about the Scientists Fair here (video)

The purpose of this event is two-fold:

  1. For our members and the public to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained.
  2. For the scientists and professors to talk about their research with you, and to share with you their excitement and passion.

There is no reservation limit for this meet-up. And we are encouraging you to invite as many of your family and friends who enjoy science. This year the library is sponsoring our event, and we’d really like to get a big turnout.

(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.