Science Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers

Dr. Dale Kocevski

The Big Bang and the Origin of Our Universe

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm

Does our Universe have a finite origin or has it existed unchanged for all eternity?  Either answer has profound implications about the nature of our reality.  Explore how astronomers came to the conclusion that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 14 billion years ago.  Using the planetarium we will fly to the edge of the known universe and immerse in the physics behind the Big Bang.  What do modern observations tell us about the structure and evolution of the Universe over cosmic time and how the contents of the Universe will dictate its ultimate fate?  Join us to find out!

 

Dr. Dale Kocevski is an assistant professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Colby College.  Dale attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and later obtained a PhD in Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.  He performed his postdoctoral work at the University of California in both Davis and Santa Cruz.  His research focuses on the study of supermassive black holes and how they affect the growth and evolution of distant galaxies.  Dale’s work utilizes multi-wavelength observations ranging from the X-ray to the infrared, with a particular focus on imaging from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.  Dale has served on numerous advisory panels for NASA and has helped shape the direction of Hubble’s science mission.

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Previous Speakers

September 2016
Dr. Elizabeth McGrath
A Walk Among Giants: Building the Largest Galaxies in the Universe

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October 2016
Dr. Caitlin Howell
Unlocking the Secrets of Proteins: The Rise of Cryo Electron Microscopy

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November 2016
Chuck Carter
Art and Science: Visualizing Complex Ideas for Everyone

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December 2016
Dr. Paul Mayewski
Journey Into Climate

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February 2017
Dr. Dean Astumian
How molecular motors work – insights from the machinist’s toolbox

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March 2017
Dr. Ali Abedi
Wireless Leak Detection for International Space Station

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April 2017
Dr. Henning Haack
Meteorites and the Origin of the Solar System

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May 2017
Dr. Karissa Tilbury
From Lightsabers to Tricorders:
Harnessing Light for Biomedical Applications

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September 2017
Dr. Michaela Reagan
Potential Cancer Cures Leveraging 3D Tissue
Engineering and Bone Marrow Models

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*Rescheduled for early 2018. Check back for updates!*
Dr. Nicole Rausch
The Science of Wellness:  Why Your Doctor Continues to Insist You Sleep, Exercise, and Be Well

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The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the first Thursdays of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival and will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.