“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.

Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics – “Scientists Fair”

On Saturday May 19th, the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are hosting an event at the downtown library called “The Scientists Fair” that will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  This will be free and open to both Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics members and the general public.

Located in the Multi-Purpose room (in the lower level of the main branch), there will be several professors from the University of Michigan with expertise in general fields of knowledge, available to answer your questions.  We will have a couple of fun activities that are related to skepticism as well.

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Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics on “365 Days of Astronomy Podcast” II

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics has provided another episode to the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast.  As you may recall, we provided and sponsored an episode back on September 2.

Click here to listen: September 16th Can Habitable Planets Be Found Orbiting White Dwarf Stars: Q & A with Eric Agol

It features an interview with Dr. Eric Agol, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Washington.  We discuss Eric’s speculative paper as to whether habitable planets could be found orbiting white dwarf stars.  And we talk about the Pro-Am White Dwarf Monitoring (PAWM) survey project undertaking by professional and amateur astronomers.

Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics on “365 Days of Astronomy Podcast”

The 365 Days of Astronomy podcast is a daily 10-to-15 minute podcast about various topics related to astronomy.  I typically catch most of the episodes when I can, and so it brings me great satisfaction to present today’s episode which I produced and recorded a couple weeks ago:

Click here to listen: “September 2nd: The Dark Energy Survey Project: Q & A with David Gerdes”

It features an interview with Dr. David Gerdes, a past meet-up guest, and we discuss the Dark Energy Survey project.

a 5000-square-degree optical survey of the southern sky using the 4-meter Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo in Chile.  With the data from this experiment, we hope to measure the acceleration of the universe over time in more detail, and possibly determine if the acceleration is due to Einstein’s cosmological constant or some other mechanism. Gerdes

The episode is sponsored by our group as well.  And I’m hoping to contribute a few more episodes for 365 Days of Astronomy this year.