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.
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.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be hosting the first Science Cafe of the Fall. The topic will be on honeybees and colony collapse disorder.
Join us as we discuss the importance of honeybees and the problems they face, including pesticides and colony collapse disorder. Why are local stewardship projects important? Learn what the research says, what’s going on locally, and what you can do. Guests will include Professor Zachary Huang of Michigan State University, Lisa Bashert of the Local Honey Project, and Jamie Berlin of Ypsi Melissa. (link)
- Host Department: Museum of Natural History
- Date: 10/23/2013
- Time: 05:30 PM – 07:30 PM
- Location: Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor
For a complete list of topics and dates for the Science Cafe, please visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/
Freelance science writer, Debi McCarthy, is seeking out local citizen scientists for a news story to be published in an Ann Arbor journal. If you or someone you know is actively engaged in citizen science projects, such as counting birds or identifying objects on the web, then please contact her via email: debi “at” goscience.info
Please include your name, the activity you do, the organization you report your results to, and/or anything else you think is relevant. Your feedback will help identify the range of citizen science projects that local people participate in, and she may ask one or two people for an interview.
(h/t) Larry W. for the tip!
Beginning on Saturday, October 12th, the University of Michigan Physics department will begin hosting their weekly Saturday Morning Physics lectures. The lectures will be held Saturday mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM in 170 Dennison on central campus. These events are free and refreshments will be served from 10:00 to 10:30 AM prior to the lecture.
Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.
You can find out more information by clicking here, including parking suggestions and guidelines (scroll to the bottom).