Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: Online Presentation of May Night Sky (May - NO Reservations)

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

A video presentation of the May night sky is currently available through the Coleman Planetarium YouTube page.  You can find links to the three part presentation on the planetarium website here.

These shows are FREE to the public.  Our regular shows will resume, but we do not yet know when.  They occur every Friday night at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm.  Reservations not accepted.  For updates on possible reopening and more information see: https://ung.edu/planetarium/index.php

Monday September 21, 7:30 p.m.: Special Virtual Cafe - COVID-19 and Society

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:40

COVID-19 is not the first public health crisis in United States history and likely will not be the last. In this talk attendees will learn from UNG Assistant Professor Supriya Reddy, a specialist in Public Health, about pandemics and their effect on society. A brief description of the structure of the virus, the communicable disease model, and the chain of infection will also be given. 

Dr. Reddy's research interests are in the broad area of public health. Specifically, the utilization of health behavior theory to examine risky substance abuse behaviors among college students. Currently, she is examining theoretical predictors related to the mixing of alcohol and energy drinks among college undergraduates and plans to extend her research to other risky college health behaviors.

She also has an interest global health initiatives, which have led her to both South Africa and India. These endeavors involved the implementation of health education efforts related to tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and hand washing techniques.

SPECIAL NOTE:  This will be a virtual Cafe presented via Zoom.  To participate in this talk and to receive the link to the Zoom session,  copy this link to sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C44AEA92CAAFC1-virtual 

Do NOT try to sign up by the regular way.  Only those signing up via the SignUp Genius site will receive the link to the talk.

Monday January 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: Fungi - the Good, the Bad, and the Fascinating

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 13:16

Fungi perform a critical role in the ecosystem which is often overlooked—that of recyclers.  Even though they are necessary to life as we know it, they are shockingly underappreciated.  Thus far, about 120,000 species of fungi have been identified—that’s a drop in the bucket of the estimated 2-4 million extant species.  To help introduce people to Kingdom Fungi, I will discuss the vital services they perform for us (the good), examples of when and why they cause us problems (the bad), and some of the most charismatic members (the fascinating) of the fungal kingdom.

Ashlee McCaskill received a B.S. in Botany from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from Cornell University.  While her academic training is in the plant sciences, she is an avid fungal enthusiast and teaches mycology at the University of North Georgia.

Monday February 8, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: Good Vibrations

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 19:14

What do physics, chemistry, biology, and a night at the opera all have in common? Resonance! We'll take a look at how this simple concept of things vibrating together affects everything from the minutiae of cellular metabolic processes to cancer treatments to sitting and listening to your favorite tune. 

Frank Crittenden earned his Ph.D in biomedical sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. He has been teaching biology classes at UNG Dahlonega since 2017 and leads an undergraduate research team that is investigating the mechanisms of oxidative stress protection in neurons. 

Monday March 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: Importance of tracking Red Snapper movement patterns around oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:30

Oil and gas platforms must be removed in the northern Gulf of Mexico following lease termination. These platforms have become an important habitat for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico, therefore removal can result in high fish mortalities and habitat loss. To determine the value of these platforms as reef habitat, Red Snapper were tracked using acoustic telemetry around three oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This talk will discuss the results from this study, and how they relate to scheduling platform removals in the Gulf of Mexico.

Aminda Everett is a fisheries biologist with a specialty in acoustic telemetry. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of North Georgia and an MS in Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Allied Sciences from Auburn University. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Biology Department at the UNG.