Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: Phantom of the Universe (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

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

UNG Planetarium announces a new show, Phantom of the Universe.

The show begins with a 27-minute full dome video about the search for mysterious dark matter, narrated by Tilda Swinton.  We’ll explore the beginnings of the universe and race around the largest particle accelerator in the world!

The show continues with a live presentation of the winter 2019 evening sky and exciting recent discoveries in astronomy.

These shows are FREE to the public every Friday night at 7:30 pm. Please note the new "winter hours" start time of 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm.  Reservations not accepted.  For more information see: https://ung.edu/planetarium/index.php

Monday April 15, 6:30 p.m.: Mirror Neurons: A Specialized Neural System

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:39

 This talk will present a discussion of the unique functioning of the mirror neuron system, a relatively-recently discovered component of our neural networks that leads to socialization, empathy, joint attention, and many of the higher order abilities that make us so unique and 'human'.  Mirror neuron systems have only been discovered in only a handful of species, and its specialized nature leads to some amazing socially-based abilities.  The discussion will center around the discovery of this system, how this system works, and what happens when this system goes awry.  The topic of mirror neurons is likely to be intriguing and informative, and it's one of the latest and most exciting neural discoveries, but if you feel that another topic might work better then I can offer some other suggestions.

Dr. Meyer has been fascinated with Psychology and Neuroscience for as long as she can remember.  Specifically, her interest lies in the neurological underpinnings of learning and memory.  She cemented her love and passion for these areas of study early in life, and began assisting with research studies early on in her undergraduate career at the College of Charleston.  Dr. Meyer followed this passion into her graduate program at the University of Memphis, where she became well-versed in the field of behavioral toxicology and the mechanisms by which toxicants disrupt the neurodevelopment and neuralcircuitry  involved in executive functioning as well as learning and memory.  She began her career at UNG in the Fall of 2015, and has established a learning and memory neurotoxicology lab that fosters the development of undergraduate students in a similar fashion to the opportunities that she was able to get when she was an undergrad.  Her love of learning and research has come full circle, and she is excited to be sharing my knowledge at the Science Cafe.  She states that she will never not be fascinated by the brain and everything that we can learn about it, and truly enjoys every opportunity that she gets to share my passion with others.

Monday May 6, 6:30 p.m.: Mapping Community Trees

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 20:46

Trees play an integral role in our community landscape. Being able to identify tree species, assess general condition of trees, and to determine if any threats exist aid in maintaining the aesthetics and environmental benefits of trees in our community. Using mobile mapping technologies, citizen scientists can help arborists, urban foresters, and community planners develop tree care plans. 

Dr. Bailey has been a member of the faculty at the University of North Georgia since January 1998. She is most honored by her affiliations with non-profit organizations in the north Georgia region.  She was recently awarded an environmental education grant from the EPA to conduct programs related to forests and waterways in Georgia. Other current research and projects include a climate change mixed methods study with Drs. Mitchem, Wilson, & Smith, an environmental education study with Dr. Bridges (GSU), a statewide tree canopy assessment funded by the Georgia Forestry Commission, a campus tree inventory using Collector app as part of UNG's application to become a member of Tree Campus USA, a sustainability study on Hurricane Creek with Dr. Ellis (Biology), a collaborative community engagement project with USFS on the Foothills Region of the Chattahoochee National Forest, an invasive plant control program on privet at Tumbling Creek with Dr. Diggs (Biology), creating a mobile app for reptiles with Dr. Patterson (Biology) and other education initiatives in geospatial technologies for public schools in Georgia.

Monday June 17, 6:30 p.m.: Doing Science from a Boat: A 1510-mile solo canoe journey

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:34

During the fall and winter of 2012-2013, Dr. Robert Fuller paddled a canoe alone 1510 miles from the mountains of north Georgia to the Florida coast, along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to Mobile Bay, Alabama, and then upriver on the Mobile, Alabama, Coosa, and Etowah Rivers to return home to Dahlonega.  On the downriver portion of the trip, he performed a variety of water quality tests using the Lagrangian sampling technique.  Along the way, he learned as much about himself and the people along the river as he did about the river’s water, and in the last few weeks of upriver paddling, he learned a little about perseverance.

Dr. Robert Fuller grew up on the shores of Tampa Bay, Florida, where he spent nearly as much time in and on the water as he did on dry land.  He is a former Marine Force Recon, Vietnam veteran.  He taught geography, engineering, and mathematics at UNG for 23 years and conducted testing on a variety of streams and reservoirs throughout northern Georgia.  He developed UNG’s Water Lab, the Predatory Beetle Lab, and the Environmental Leadership Center.  He chaired UNG’s Faculty Senate for four years and held the rank of full professor.  During his 2012-2013 sabbatical, he paddled a canoe alone 1510 miles, performing water quality testing from the mountains of north Georgia to the Florida coast and then returning home by paddling back upriver on another river system, a trip that brought him through Alabama by way of Mobile, through Rome, GA, and back to Dahlonega.  He is now retired but retains the rank of Professor Emeritus.  His wife, Kathy, is a CPA.  They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Monday August 12, 6:30 p.m.: Invasive species in Georgia

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:08

As long as humans have been migrating around the globe, we’ve been bringing other organisms along for the ride and introducing them to new areas. As the pace of our commerce and travel have increased, the rate at which new species are introduced to new areas has likewise increased. While the vast majority of introduced species are harmless, a few troublemakers become established, spread, and ultimately cause ecological or economic harm (or both). With kudzu as a poster child for invasive plants, Georgia is no stranger to the harmful impacts of invasive species. We'll find out about some of Georgia’s existing invasive species, as well as species that could become problematic here in the future. We'll also hear about how invasive species are controlled, and how individuals can help to prevent the spread of invasive species in their area.

Mattias Johansson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at UNG Gainesville. He earned his PhD from Oregon State University and did postdoctoral research at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Windsor, Ontario. His research focuses on using genetic tools to understand the distribution of organisms across the landscape. He has worked on organisms as varied as microbes, fish, giant kelp, and zebra mussels (not zebras, sadly). He is currently exploring research opportunities in Northeast Georgia and beyond with several undergraduate research assistants.