Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: Hot and Energetic Universe (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:27

UNG Planetarium announces a new show, Hot and Energetic Universe.

The show begins with a 30-minute full dome video describing the most violent and energetic phenomena in the universe. Join us to explore the telescopes that are being put into space to help us study catastrophic events by detecting high energy x-rays and gamma rays.

The show continues with a live presentation of the fall 2018 evening sky and exciting recent discoveries in astronomy.

These shows are FREE to the public every Friday night at 8 pm. Reservations not accepted.  For more information see: https://ung.edu/planetarium/index.php

Monday November 12, 6:30p.m.: Earth Science and Climate Change – Studying the Earth and its Climate in the Space Age

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:24

Jim will talk about NASA’s work to advance earth science and climate knowledge.  He will give an overview of NASA’s current and planned constellation of space-based satellites and suborbital aircraft for Earth observation.  He will outline the types of remote sensing instruments that are aboard these platforms and an overview of what they measure.  Jim will also talk about Earth’s climate change – both over geologic time scales as well as current.  He will provide insight regarding whether our current climate change is natural or human caused and what we can do about it.

Jim Smoot has spent nearly his entire career studying environmental issues and working to solve environmental problems.  His formal training includes BS and MS degrees from University of Central Florida and a PhD degree from Virginia Tech, all in the Environmental Engineering field.  His professional experience included serving as a tenured full professor of engineering at The University of Tennessee, as a scientist and senior science manager with the U.S. Geological Survey, and more recently with NASA where he served as a senior research scientist and the head of earth science at Marshall Space Flight Center, before retiring about 2 years ago.  Jim currently resides full-time in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia.  

Monday December 3, 6:30 p.m.: The birth of nuclear power and the real “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 23:23

Nuclear power is still a major source of energy for electricity generation and military applications primarily nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers.  For example, France gets approximately 70% of its electricity from nuclear power and there are well over 100 military ships powered by nuclear fission worldwide. Additionally, nuclear reactors are the source for many radioisotopes that are and have been important in medicine and other fields. The story of the early development of nuclear power is rich in applied science, engineering, successes and failures, management “learnings”, government involvement and the pivotal role of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program.

Our speaker, Ed Erickson has broad and deep experience in management of businesses and organizations based heavily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  He holds a BS in math with a minor in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MS in math from the same institution obtained through a NASA Traineeship. His research activities included work in high-energy particle physics. Ed also holds an MBA from Harvard University with high distinction. Early in his career he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program where he qualified in submarines on the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) and for operation, maintenance and supervision of naval nuclear power plants.  His commercial experience includes over 30 years in the biotech industry, including businesses using, producing and marketing reactor and cyclotron-produced radioisotopes.

Monday January 7, 6:30 p.m.: The Science of Human Spaceflight

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Thu, 09/20/2018 - 19:23

Space: the final frontier in human exploration, and the most hostile frontier yet. What does it take to explore other worlds? What new technology is required to keep people alive in space and on other planets? What cutting-edge scientific instrumentation can uncover new discoveries when we get there? Why send humans out into the solar system at all? Join me as we discuss the rationale for human and robotic space exploration, the breakthroughs needed for astronauts to live and work outside of Earth, and what we hope to discover about our universe.

Laura Forczyk is a scientist with entrepreneurial leanings. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in astrophysics and conducted doctoral studies in planetary science. She has researched astrophysics and planetary science at three NASA centers and worked for a nonprofit facilitating International Space Station national laboratory research. She has flown research on two parabolic "Zero G" campaigns, worked ground support for a third, and managed a satellite branch of an international "Zero G" start-up.  She is a NASA Subject Matter Expert for planetary science missions. Her industry analysis includes human spaceflight, new spaceports, smallsat launch vehicles, US launch rates, and near-space vehicles. Her space policy expertise includes U.S. congressional initiatives and Georgia space policy initiatives. She also has experience with conference planning, social media, and movie & media consulting. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Georgia Space Alliance. She is currently writing a book on the millennial generation working in the space industry. She provides space career coaching for students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals.


Monday February 4, 6:30 p.m.: Landfills & Wastewater with the Georgia EPD

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Tue, 10/09/2018 - 21:09

Who watches over our streams and inspects construction sites, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants to meet the vision that Georgians have a right to and a responsibility for a healthy environment and the conservation of our natural resources?  Come and meet Caroline Dalis, a regulator for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Caroline is an animal lover, mountain biker, river guide and avid outdoorsman.  She will share in her adventures and the challenges she faces in her day to day responsibilities, including the inspection of landfills and construction sites throughout the state.  She will also express her roles in both compliance and enforcement activities and how the EPD can provide technical assistance to the regulated community and to the general public. 

As a bonus, you will also be treated to an overview of how wastewater is treated so that it can be discharged back into our creeks, streams, and rivers.   We hope you join us to see what you can do to help preserve and protect our most precious resource.

Caroline Dalis received her B.S. degree in Biology at the University of North Georgia in 2015. After graduation, she spent a year working at an environmental consulting firm in Dawsonville, Georgia where she was able to acquire knowledge and experience in the restoration of stream buffers, in the removal of underground storage tanks, and in Phase I and II investigations. Due to her education at UNG and her professional experience, Caroline is even more passionate about her involvement in the conservation of North Georgia’s watersheds.

NOTE:  In case of inclement weather, this talk will be postponed to February 11.