Beginning on Saturday, October 11th, 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 seminar guidelines.
September 1 marked a somber anniversary: the centenary of the death of the very last passenger pigeon, a bird named Martha, in the Cincinnati Zoo.
You can learn more by visiting the U-M Museum of Natural History’s exhibit about the passenger pigeon, A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon. The display panels for this exhibit have been made available online to other museums through the Project Passenger Pigeon website. To date, 35 museums are displaying UMMNH’s panels! The UMMNH exhibit includes a companion display, The Passenger Pigeon in Michigan, describing the key role our state played in the history of the pigeon.
And be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to see the Passenger Pigeon page of the double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America (1827-1838), on display in the Audubon Room in U-M’s Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.
If you missed the previous events, you have time to attend this last one for 2014! The RELATE group (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting their final “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Friday, September 12th, from 7 to 10pm.
Listen to student scientists as they provide short presentations on topics of which they are studying.
A local group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan called RELATE (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting an event called “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).
On Saturday, September 6th, from 7-10pm, student scientists will give 15 to 20 minute talks on a variety of topics involving human physiology and health.
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:
For our members and the public to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained.
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.
“NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country … NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.”
Activities include exploration of capillary action, non-Newtonian fluids, new nano products and materials and invisibility cloaks.