Upcoming Events about Energy

event_277386832On Wednesday, September 11th, representatives from the City of Ann Arbor, the Downtown Development Authority, and Clean Energy Coalition will discuss how local efforts are being coordinated to help promote energy efficiency, including electrical vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and more.

The event will take place in the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor public library from 7:00-8:30pm.  Click here for more details.

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And on Saturday, September 14th, the Michigan Skeptics Association will provide a presentation called “”Energy Is Not A Solved Problem,” which will feature three components.

  • why storage is important for the grid
  • why it is hard
  • what the future may hold

You can find out the details and RSVP information by visiting the Michigan Skeptics on Meetup, Facebook or by Google Plus.

 

Two Upcoming Events: Evolution and Holograms

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Michigan Skeptics Association meet-up is this Saturday.  It should be a fun conversation about evolution. (details). Like this group on Facebook if you’re interested in science and skepticism.

Next Tuesday (November 13th), the Ann Arbor section of the Optical Society of America is having an event, in which members of the public can make their own color holograms. (13Nov2012_AAOSA_Meeting).  You can like this group on Facebook to find out more fun, future events.

 

 

MISkeptics November Get Together: “Evolution Is As Complicated As 1-2-3”

The Michigan Skeptics Association is having a special get-together on Saturday, November 10th. Special guest researcher from the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Dr. Zachary Blount, will be discussing his paper that was recently published in Nature magazine.

From the MI Skeptic website: His paper details how he and his team documented the step-by-step process in which organisms evolve new functions. Blount and his teammates analyzed 29 genomes from different generations to find the mutational pieces of the puzzle. We were lucky to have a system that allowed us to do so.”

The Michigan Skeptics Association meet at C.J.’s Brewing Company, located in Compuware Arena on Beck Road, just off of M-14.  You can find out more about the event, location, and time by RSVP’ing at MI Skeptic’s Meetup event, Facebook event or Google Plus event.

We Celebrate Darwin Week Tomorrow!

Since Darwin Day falls on Sunday February 12th, technically that pushes the start of Darwin Week out another week.  However, since our Darwin Day celebration is coming up this Saturday, we’re going to start a week early!  (by the way, if you want to come out and you’ve not RSVP’d, you can do it here on our website or on our Meet-Up page).

So as a build-up to Darwin Day, we will have a week-long activity featuring daily posts consisting of some sort of Darwin-related puzzle or game, in which you can attempt to answer, and earn points.  At the end of the week, the top scorer(s) will be eligible for a prize that will be relevant to our April meet-up.

So if you’ve not book-marked, subscribed, or added our website to your RSS Feed, then the time to do so is now.  Each game will be posted randomly between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm.

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‘Darwin Day’ sponsored by the Michigan Skeptics Association

The Michigan Skeptics Association will be hosting a gathering in celebration of Darwin Day on Saturday, February 11th at 4:00pm at Hayden’s Grill and Bar, located at 39895 Ford Road in Canton, Michigan (map).

This will be the second annual Darwin Day party hosted by the Michigan Skeptics. There will be a special presentation and games with prizes for all of the participants.

I will coordinate a carpool from Old Town Tavern at 3:00pm.  Please message me if you’re interested in participating as driver or passenger.

You must RSVP to attend, because with a pretty accurate headcount, the facility will waive their fees. You can RSVP several ways: Michigan Skeptics’ Facebook or Meetup pages.  Or you can also RSVP on our website (up to a week before the event), and I’ll be sure to relay it to the Michigan Skeptics.  Hope to see you there!

RSVP here.