Download Now – “Dark Energy and the Dark Energy Survey”

DavidGerdes-150x150This is the audio recording of the 9/21 meet-up with Dr. David Gerdes.  Dr. Gerdes discussed the evidence of dark energy by past experiments and observations, and then introduced us to the current project in Dark Energy research called “The Dark Energy Survey.”

(The beginning of the recording was cut off, and so it begins with Gerdes explaining the evidence for dark energy).

Meet-Up (09/21) – “The Dark Energy Survey”

DavidGerdes-150x150The 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. David Gerdes, cosmologist and physics professor at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Gerdes will talk about the Dark Energy Survey, a project that will allow researchers to look into the distant past when the universe was just beginning.  The hope is, in Gerde’s words, “to watch dark energy turn on….”

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.

Download Now – “The Higgs and other particles that Matter”

This is the audio recording of the 01/19 meet-up with Sean Tulin.  The topic for the get-together was to help better understand the discovery of the Higgs Bosun, and its importance to the Standard Model of Physics.  We also talk a bit about the hunt for dark matter, quantum mechanics, and the early formation of the universe.

Sean Tulin is a theoretical particle physicist at the University of Michigan.

Meet-Up (01/19) – “The Higgs and other particles that Matter”

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are having a meet-up on Saturday, January 19th 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. Sean Tulin, theoretical particle physicist.  Sean was one of our guests at last year’s Scientists Fair.  Sean will help answer our questions and provide explanations for how theoretical particle physics provides insight into the laws of nature.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then there will be an informal conversation about particle physics

As a courtesy to the host and restaurant staff, please RSVP for you and other guests that you are bringing, so that I can provide an accurate tally.  Thanks!

RSVP here.

(picture of Sean Tulin taken from Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics: Scientists Fair)

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.

 

 

Saturday Morning Physics Lectures

During the academic year, the University of Michigan Physics Department hosts a semi-regular event called Saturday Morning Physics, which is open to the public.

In 1995, the University of Michigan Department of Physics began sharing some of the latest ideas in the field with the public in the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series. 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. [website]

The Saturday Morning Physics lectures series are located on the University of Michigan campus, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The lecture is held on 170 Dennison on central campus. There is no charge, although donations are accepted.  And there are refreshments available from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  The Church Street  Parking Structure is available at a cost of $2.00 per vehicle. Continue reading