Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: Birth of Planet Earth (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

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

UNG Planetarium announces a new show, Birth of Planet Earth.

The show begins with a 24-minute full dome video about the formation of planet Earth.  Join us for a close-up view of the violent collisions that produced our home world and ever-present companion, the Moon.  Narrated by Richard Dormer.

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

These shows are FREE to the public every Friday night at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm.  Reservations not accepted.  For more information see: https://ung.edu/planetarium/index.php

Monday July 8, 6:30 p.m.: A View of the Universe Through Radio Eyes

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:55

Arecibo Observatory is the second largest single-dish radio telescope on Earth and world-renowned for several ground-breaking scientific discoveries. Dr. Smith will present some of the most exciting science highlights from Arecibo throughout the years, including the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the first known binary pulsar, tracking and modeling of Near-Earth Asteroids, and many others. She will also discuss different types of radio telescopes and notable contributions to 21st century astrophysics from other premier radio observatories around the world.

Allison Smith, Ph.D., is a radio astronomer and adjunct lecturer at UNG in the Department of Physics. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics at the Univ. of Georgia. Allison enjoys researching the intricacies of the interstellar medium of our Galaxy with the hope of understanding how the Milky Way acquires fresh gas for star formation, and she considers sharing astronomy with others to be one of her favorite pastimes.

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.

Monday September 9, 6:30 p.m.: How do Scientists Know Climate Change is Real and What are they Doing About It?

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Sat, 04/06/2019 - 14:49

Scientists from Biology to Mathematics are looking more and more into phenomena that indicate the climate is changing. In this talk, we will engage in a few questions around climate science. For instance, what do scientists in different field’s study that indicates to them that climate change is happening? For the most part, the focus will be centered around what mathematicians do. Also, how do scientists (in particular mathematicians) eliminate other possibilities? Toward the end of the talk, the focus will shift to the electronic devices scientists are attempting to build in order to help prevent the climate from changing.

Our speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Landgren, is currently a member of the UNG Mathematics faculty. His research interests lie primarily a field called Partial Differential Equations and the application to fluid flow. This means, he often look at types of equations that describe liquids/gases and how they move in and around objects. Many mathematicians look at these as they relate to airflow over an airplane or water flowing through a dam. Most of his time has been spent on two projects involving these types of equations. The first project pertains to the movement of electrons in batteries, capacitors, and solar cells and how sound can enhance these electronic devices. The second project focuses on injecting more precision into the equations that illustrate the flow of sea ice in the Arctic. For his last trick, he once hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009.