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 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.

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. 

Speaker:  Dr. Allison Joy Bailey, Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis