Colorado State University – Pueblo, Space Foundation offer space exploration seminar
PUEBLO – The Office of Student Activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo, along with the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation with support from the College of Education,
Engineering and Professional Studies and the College of Science and Mathematics, will sponsor a free Space Exploration Seminar for CSU-Pueblo students on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the first breakout session at 4:00 p.m. featuring a selection of three topics: The Kepler Telescope and the Search for Exoplanets, Mars Lander Design Challenge or Preparing to Launch. Breakout session two will begin at 5:00 p.m. and also will offer the choice of three sessions: Dark Matter and Black Holes, Inventing Life Forms Activity and a repeat of the Preparing to Launch session. Teacher education students will receive class credit for attending each breakout session.
At 6:00 p.m., a discussion and buffet dinner will be offered for registered participants in the West Ballroom, to be followed by a lecture at 7:00 p.m. in Hoag Hall by Philip Plait, Ph.D., author of Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies. Following his lecture, Plait will sign books and host a night sky telescope viewing on Hogue Hall Deck. A dessert reception will follow in Hogue Hall Lobby.
Students may register for the seminar by visiting www.colostate-pueblo.edu/SES or calling 719-549-2151. Plait’s evening lecture is open to students and the general public at no charge. About Plait
The self-proclaimed “Bad Astronomer,” Plait says he has been in love with science for as long as he can remember. He got hooked on telescopes in early childhood, and saved his newspaper delivery money to buy an “impressive” 10” telescope. For years, he could be found at the end of his driveway, struggling to find the faint fuzzy galaxies he read voraciously about. Eventually, he worked with the Hubble Space Telescope, observing exploding stars and helping calibrate one of the cameras onboard.
During his graduate studies at the University of Virginia, Plait began the “Bad Astronomy” Website (www.badastronomy.com). His first web page debunked the old legend that you could stand eggs on end during the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring). After graduate school, Plait became a NASA contractor at Goddard Space Flight Center, working with the Hubble Space Telescope. There he began his career in public outreach, giving talks at local astronomy clubs and schools and he became the “go-to guy” on astronomy for several radio stations.
An accomplished author, Plait’s first book, Bad Astronomy, quickly sold out its first printing. His second book, Death from the Skies, chronicles the myriad ways astronomical events ca
n wipe out
life on Earth. He continues to write his blog and contribute to various magazines. H
e is also a science consultant for the award-winning children’s science program, The Zula Patrol. About Colorado State University – Pueblo
Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity and the overall quality of services provided to its students.About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for
all sectors of the space industry. Founded in 1983 and based in Colorado Springs, Colo., we are a leader in space-related awareness activities, industry event
s, international affairs and research and analysis. For the past decade, we have provided cutting edge educational programs for teachers, students and the community. Our education programs support PreK-12 teachers and students using standards-based curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) into all classroom content areas. By improving students’ interest and proficiency in STEM subjects, we believe that we are building a stronger workforce and a stronger nation. For more information on Space Foundation education programs, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org/education