Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: SEEING (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

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

UNG Planetarium announces a new show for December "SEEING" begins with a 26 minute full dome video that follows a photon of light from the heart of a star, through space, into the eye of an observer on Earth.  This exciting journey highlihgts the amazing processes that allow us to see across the universe.  Narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

The show continues with a live presentation of the fall/winter 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 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.

Monday February 5 @ 6:30 p.m.: How foreign was the past? Perspectives on ancient environmental dynamics and human adaptation in eastern and southern Africa

Submitted by dahlonegascience on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:03

It is becoming increasingly clear that the earliest members of the human lineage arose in Africa. Over the past four million years, our ancestors underwent many changes in both physical form and behavior, including dramatic increases in brain size and home range, the controlled use of fire, the creation of more complex tool kits, and increased carnivory. Although we have evidence for these changes in the human repertoire, we know very little about the environmental context of these events. This is intriguing given that since the time of Darwin biologists have understood that many of the physical and behavioral changes within species are adaptations to their environmental context. 

In his talk, Dr. Patterson will discuss the relationship between environmental change and human adaptation in eastern and southern Africa. Specifically, Dr. Patterson will focus on placing the human lineage within the context of the broader ecosystem for insights into the factors that drove many of the important events in our evolutionary history. He will conclude with an open discussion about the current state of the field. 

David Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at at the University of North Georgia. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Georgia College and his Ph.D. from George Washington University. His research sits at the intersection of paleontology, archaeology, geology and biology. He is co-director of the Study of Community and Landscape Evolution (SCALE; https://sites.google.com/view/scalelab/home) lab at UNG where he and his wife Jessica Patterson mentor a wide range of undergraduate projects.