Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: Harry Potter Astronomy (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

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

UNG Planetarium announces a new show for two nights only, August 24 and 31, Harry Potter Astronomy.  This show will run at 7 and 8 p.m.

Peer into the magical world of Harry Potter through the lens of science! We'll explore how J.K. Rowling used constellations, star names, and astronomy to add depth to the characters and enchanting classes of Hogwarts.

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 September 10, 6:30 p.m.: Chemical Warfare in the Natural World

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 22:30

Chemical warfare is not limited to human skirmishes. Many plants, animals and fungi also use toxic chemicals as a means for deterring predators, capturing prey, or even outcompeting their neighbors for food or space. Come learn how organisms make (or borrow from others) these chemicals, how the chemicals are used in the natural world, and how the organisms avoid poisoning themselves. We’ll even meet some clever critters who fake being poison by mimicking organisms who are, and others have found ways to evade toxicity and take advantage of underutilized resources.

Our speaker, Dr. Nancy Dalman is a Professor and Department Head of Biology at the University of North Georgia. She received her B.S. degree in biology from Virginia Tech, her M.S. degree in environmental science from Duke University, and her Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University, where she did her research at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. Her research is in environmental toxicology and she teaches marine field courses on Sapelo Island, GA, and Calabash Caye, Belize. 

Monday October 8, 6:30 p.m.: Innovations in Immunological Research

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Fri, 08/24/2018 - 16:01

As our daily habits become increasingly sanitary, clinicians are finding an uptick in the number of autoimmune disease diagnoses, specifically in Western culture. Recently, there have been several clinical breakthroughs in the field of immunology that help explain the onset and progression of several types of autoimmune disease, as well as some surprising therapeutic innovations. From Chron’s disease and colitis to multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, this lecture will reveal what is currently known about some of these autoimmune diseases and will discuss recent therapeutic advances.

Alexandra Tremblay is a new Assistant Professor in the Biology department at UNG. She received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University, where she studied the mechanisms of chronic inflammation of the colon in mouse models. For her dissertation project, Alex studied changes to the immune system during periods of chronic inflammation, and the rise of immunosuppressive cells from the bone marrow. Before staring her graduate research program, Alex held microbiology and toxicology positions for the two Georgia-based medical device companies CryoLife, Inc. and CibaVision.

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.