FOSEP is proud to be a part of a new program that a few graduate students in CFR and Astronomy are piloting this year:
Engage: Emerging Scientists Speak
Beginning Jan 13th at 7pm, PAA 118
This program came from the graduate student run free planetarium shows last year. The planetarium shows offered our department’s students an excellent opportunity; being able to talk to the UW community about our passions was not only excellent practice for our future as scientists, but was a really fun and engaging experience. We graduate students got together and thought about what to do with the excitement we garnered from the UW community about our shows and how to keep the spirit going. The outcome: a free series of science talks (now including topics outside of astronomy) with no attendance limits or tickets required. The focus of each talk will be cutting edge science in terms your entire family can understand. The half hour talks will start with the basics of our field, cover questions we are trying to answer during our time at the UW, and end with time for you to ask us any questions you may have.
We’re a bit biased towards astronomy this year, but we will build off this solid foundation next year and expand to a wider range of departments, when these talks will be part of a graduate student seminar on giving public science lectures. We hope to improve our abilities to share our knowledge through clear language and stunning visualizations, while bringing you information on the most active areas of research being conducted today.
All this year, doors will open at 6:45, talks begin at 7:00, and we’ll have the room until 8:00. They will be in the Physics Astronomy Auditorium Building room 118.
You’ll be able to check the website for mini-bios of each speaker, longer descriptions of each talk, and eventually videos of the talks as we make our online presence more interactive.
For the first talk, I’ll spend a little time talking about this year’s 10 speakers, and then talk about my part in using the Hubble Space Telescope’s images of galaxies to understand the histories of the stars within.
We hope you will join us, and help us by telling your friends and families, and giving us feedback to help us grow as science communicators while serving the community that allows us to do what we love.