Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: The Secret Lives of Stars (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

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

UNG Planetarium announces a new show for October! "Phantom of the Universe" begins with a 27-minute full dome video about the search for mysterious dark matter, narrated by Tilda Swinton.  The October shows will include some spooky astronomy, perfect for the season!

The show continues with a live presentation of the fall 2017 evening sky, and concludes with exciting recent discoveries in astronomy. 

These shows are FREE to the public every Friday night. Reservations not accepted.  For more information see: https://ung.edu/planetarium/index.php

Monday October 23, 6:30 p.m. - Gravity!

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Fri, 08/25/2017 - 14:23

Gravity is the weakest of all the known forces that operate in our universe, being about one trillion trillion trillion times smaller than the electromagnetic force that binds electrons and nuclei into the atoms. And yet, gravity reigns supreme in determining the overall structure and evolution of our universe, going all the way back to the moment of the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Gravity is responsible for the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets and keeping us confined to the Earth. Under extreme conditions, gravity leads to exotic phenomena such as Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and the bending of light beams. Counterintuitively, the theory of gravity also explains the currently observed accelerated expansion of our universe. Unlike the other known forces in the universe, gravity is unique in that it is the theory of the very fabric of spacetime itself. 

In this talk, Dr. Mantry will describe the underlying theory of gravity and its role in the structure and evolution of our universe and various phenomena such as planetary motion, black holes, gravitational lensing, and gravitational waves. He will conclude with a discussion of some of the open questions and current research efforts.

Sonny Mantry is a faculty member at the University of North Georgia in the Department of Physics. He received his B.S. degree in physics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research is in the field of theoretical particle physics. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/mantrysite/home 

Monday November 13, 6:30 p.m. - The Science of Winemaking

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:43

At Wolf Mountain, our philosophy of winemaking is French in style with an emphasis on blending European Varietals to achieve more complex, intense, and unique styles of wine. We are excited to discuss our winemaking process in detail from the vine to the bottle at the upcoming November Science Cafe.

Stephen Smith and Brannon Boegner from Wolf Mountain Winery.  Brannon is Wolf Mountain’s Vineyard Manager and Winemaker.   Stephen Smith serves as Marketing and Wine Club Director and oversees the Tasting Room operations.

Monday December 11, 6:30 p.m. - More Than Five Golden Rings: The Cassini-Huygens Mission

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:35

The Cassini-Huygens mission left Earth in 1997, traveling to the planet Saturn, where it would spend the next 13 years orbiting and exploring the famously ringed world before its final journey into Saturn itself.  From the data and stunning imagery collected by Cassini, we continue to learn about the complex system of rings as well as the moons that fuel, shape, and even arise from them.   Join us in reviewing the incredible discoveries of the Cassini-Huygens mission.

Lesley Simanton-Coogan is the Planetarium Director and a Lecturer at the University of North Georgia in the Department of Physics. She received her B.A. degree in physics at Albion College (Albion, MI) and her Ph.D. in physics at the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH).  She has researched populations of star clusters and galaxy evolution.  Currently, she is working on science outreach through the planetarium and learning animation techniques for planetarium graphics.

Monday January 8, 6:30 p.m. - The Total Turtle Talk!

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:41

Everyone recognizes a turtle! But how much do you really know about turtles and tortoises? Do you even know the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Why is a box turtle a turtle and not a tortoise? Jennifer will discuss these questions and many other fun facts and interesting tidbits about turtles. She will also discuss her current research at UNG that involves turtles, and highlight conservation issues regarding turtles and tortoises world-wide.

Dr. Mook is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Georgia – Gainesville. She received her BS in Biology at Penn State University where she was involved in student research on stone flies, zebra mussels, and biodegradation of hydrocarbons by fungi. After a year off and volunteering with a wildlife rehabilitator, she decided to fly south to Clemson to escape the snow belt and to delve into a MS program involving genetic research on tortoises. Since working with tortoises was not enough, she also got involved in a sperm physiology research project that ultimately led to her PhD from Clemson and used her molecular skills to help with the international peach genome sequencing project. During this time she also worked at the Greenville Zoo, and that is ultimately where she acquired her current 140 lb pet tortoise. She moved to Virginia for a post-doc researcher position on semen storage and motility, but quickly returned back south to Gainesville. She also returned to her love of turtles in research. She is currently involved in research studying box turtle habitat use and phenotypic variation in musk turtles.