Upcoming Events

Coleman Planetarium @ UNG: Edge of Darkness (Every Friday - NO Reservations)

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

UNG Planetarium announces a new show, The Edge of Darkness.

The show begins with a 23-minute full dome video about space missions to comets, asteroids, and dwarf planets. Join us for amazing, close encounters with the small bodies lurking in the darkness of our solar system. Narrated by Hayley Atwell.

The show continues with a live presentation of the spring/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 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 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.