Job opportunity: Physics Student Assistant

The planetarium

Dr. Christopher Orban is seeing a media-savvy undergraduate student to help create a planetarium show based on an episode of Stephen Hawking’s Universe. This planetarium show will be showcased for a night at COSI in fall 2017 and made available to college planetariums across the US.  The successful applicant must have basic video editing skills, and some experience with computer programming. The student should have a genuine interest in the history of science.

Full details and application instructions are posted on the Student Job Board at OSU.

I’m speaking Thursday

This coming Thursday (September 22), I’ll be meeting with the Astronomical Society at Ohio State, our student organization dedicated to all things astronomical.  I’ll discuss graduate school in Astronomy: how to prepare yourself, how to get in, and what to expect.

All majors in Astronomy or Physics or any other subject are welcome to attend.  If you are not a member of the Astronomical Society, please consider coming and meeting the people in this great group!

Oh — if you are not a member, drop me an email to let me know you are coming.  That way there will be enough pizza.

The meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. in 4054 McPherson.

Talk on science policy careers

Dr. Mack

Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials is presenting a series of talks on the many career options for science and mathematics students.  From their website:

Is graduation on the horizon?  Where will your degree take you?  Learn about diverse career paths in STEM disciplines from Ohio State Alumni working in industry, national labs, government research and science policy.

The next talk in the series will feature Dr. Greg Mack who will discuss A Career in Science Policy.

Seating is limited and registration is required.  Use the link above to find more information’

The coolest scientific visualization ever

MEGA plate

Really!  Here’s a great article from Vox showing rapid evolution of resistance to antibiotics.  There’s a good explanation of what’s going on.

Was there some demonstration or event that made you want to be a scientist?  For me, it was the shows at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.  Share your memories in the comment section below.

Roof night!

Inside the planetarium

The Ohio State Planetarium will be holding a roof night on the first clear evening of:

  • Wednesday, September 7
  • Friday, September 9,   OR
  • Saturday, September 10.

The event will begin at 8:00 p.m.  You can check the planetarium site or the page announcing Planetarium events for an announcement that the roof night is on!  Roof nights feature viewing through telescopes of interesting bright objects, especially the planets of our solar system.