If you have 15 minutes and a reasonably fast internet connection, check out this really nice video on the Cassini mission to Saturn from the New York Times. The video discusses the possibility of life on the moons of the outer planets, and includes interviews with Cassini mission scientists. It’s science journalism at its finest.
This is a great opportunity for students who are heading for a teaching career. As described on the Fellowship website:
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.
The Teaching Fellowship includes:
- admission to a master’s degree program at a partner university
- preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
Go to the website above for full information. Next deadlines are November 30 and January 16.
For historical reasons, Physics 5600 (Statistical Mechanics) is listed as a prerequisite to Astronomy 5681 (Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis).
After the change to semesters, Stat. Mech. is no longer a prerequisite, but we have not formally changed the rules in the registration system.
So if you want to take Astronomy 5681 but can’t enroll on our own, please send me an email (email@example.com) and I will enroll you in that course.
The Ohio Union Activities Board is sponsoring a talk by NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly.
From their website:
An American hero who exemplifies effective leadership and courage under pressure, highly decorated astronaut, Mark Kelly continues to secure his place in history, as he partners with his brother, Scott from the ground in a historic yearlong expedition and unprecedented study on how space affects the human body.
Already an experienced aviator and retired US Navy Captain, Kelly began his illustrious career with NASA in 1996, spending more than 50 days in space and commanding both the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Space Shuttle Discovery.
From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, to the personal tragedy that exposed how love and devotion to family is paramount to defining and achieving success, Kelly offers insights drawn from his various and extensive experiences that are truly out of this world.
The event takes place on October 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Tickets are required, and are available while they last.