Worthy Eclipse Week Schedule
Eleanor Latham PhD.: Someone Will Save Us 6:30-7:15pm
Popular culture typically reflects the hopes, fears, and interests of "the ordinary person" in whatever culture is producing the popular work-this is true whether we are looking at Classical Greek Tragedy or Wonder Woman. Science Fiction, once called "Speculative Fiction," is particularly prone to this tendency, since it is not bound by requirements for realism. Science Fiction, of course, includes many sub-genres (such as mutations, science experiment gone wrong, future history, and alternative history). In honor of our current interest in the solar eclipse, I will focus on Science Fiction involving outer space. This talk will examine a few important movies in five categories: 1. Space: The Final Frontier; 2. We're the Good Guys (even when we are the bad guys); 3. Dying Earth; 4. Limits of the Human; and 5. Against All Odds.
Bob Grossfeld: Eclipse Craziness - What's the hoopla all about? 7:30-8:15pm
What is all the fuss about this upcoming eclipse? Let’s look at the history of these magical events and see why they are so special. We will take a look at what to expect here in Bend and the surrounding communities. Then look at the best way to view or take pictures of the eclipse.
Brandon Overstreet, M.S., Ph.D Candidate: Sun and Ice Sheet Rivers - An expedition to measure meltwater production on the Greenland Ice Sheet 6:30-7:15pm
Each summer, melting snow and ice form a complex network of rivers on the Greenland ice sheet. In many ways, these streams behave like temperate rivers in hyperdrive, efficiently carving channels and canyons into the ice surface. Flow in these rivers are highly sensitive to solar irradiation and temperature and accelerated melting on the Greenland ice sheet has led to consistent increases in global sea level. The rivers on the Greenland ice sheet provide efficient conduits for transporting meltwater to the ocean but the amount of water conveyed through these river systems is difficult to measure and not well understood. This talk describes recent expeditions into the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet to gain intimate view of the relationship between temperature and the behavior of the rivers on the ice surface. The data collected will help refine estimates of meltwater production and sea level rise in the future and shape our shared understanding of global climate change.
Roger Worthington: Colonizing Outer Space - Is it All About Planting the Flag? 7:30-8:15pm
Is space travel and colonization an imperative for the survival of the human species? Can we get to the nearest “Goldilocks” planet? Even if we can colonize other planets, should we? What are the costs and benefits?
Scott Fisher PhD.: Darkness in Daytime – the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse” 7:00pm
On the morning of August 21, 2017, central Oregon (and a 60-mile swath across the continental US) will witness one of nature’s most spectacular events, a total eclipse of the Sun. As the shadow of the Moon moves across the US from Lincoln City, OR to Charleston, SC it is expected that as many as 50 million people will travel to see this incredible spectacle. Dr. Scott Fisher from the University of Oregon Department of Physics will be one of those travelers, he will be near Madras taking part working with a team of NASA scientists on eclipse observations.
Before the event, on August 18th, Dr. Fisher will be giving a public-level talk about the eclipse in conjunction with the Worthy Garden Club and the Hopservatory. In this fun and informative talk Dr. Fisher will explain how eclipses occur, describe what we should expect to see, and talk about how to view the eclipse safely.
Please come out to hear one of our local experts talk about this once in a lifetime opportunity to see an eclipse in our own backyard!
Joann Eisberg PhD.: Science in the Moon's Shadow - a Brief History of the Science of Solar Eclipses 6:30-7:15pm
From ancient Greece and China to the present day, astronomers have used eclipse data to explore the architecture of the solar system, the physics of the sun, and the bending of space itself. This talk briefly surveys some of the highlights of eclipse science.
Joann Eisberg fell in love with astronomy when she had the opportunity to study its history and to see how the ideas captured between the covers of science textbooks actually grew out of the actions of real people exploring nature. She earned her PhD. in the History of Astronomy at Harvard University, and she is now Professor of Astronomy at Chaffey College. She is interested in issues of science teaching, women in science and the role of science in modern society. She enjoys presenting the excitement of astronomy and its history to a wide range of audiences, from college classes to amateur astronomy clubs and scout troops.
Brad Hughes PhD.: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 7:30-8:15pm
Since the start of the SETI program, scientists have been searching for signs of intelligent life. Rather that just be passively listening for ET to call us, Astronomers are capable now of identifying planets that may harbor life. This will be a tour through some of the most recent discoveries in SETI, including planets that may have the right conditions for life to arise.
After earning his Undergraduate degrees in Physics, Philosophy, and Mathematics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Dr. Hughes went on to earn his Master’s in Physics and Master’s in Education at BGSU. After a brief stint teaching High School, Dr. Hughes completed his Phd work in Physics at UC Riverside. He then held a number of teaching posts at the College level until joining Chaffey College in August 2016 as a Professor of Astronomy
Grant Tandy: Sunday Solar 12-4pm - Starhop Night 9-11pm
Grant’s love for astronomy began with his innate curiosity of the natural world, wondering how things work and why. Once discovering the vastness and wonder of astronomy it quickly became a passion for him, leading to a career in teaching public astronomy programs. Grant will lead a telescopic journey starting with our Sun for Solar viewing Sunday at Noon. Grant will also be offering a special open house viewing Sunday night, no need to register for this. Just show up the night of and take the stairs directly to the 3rd floor Hopservatory. Suggested $5 donation for visitors aged 7 and over. Kids free.
Worthy Garden Club is a non-profit organization based in Bend, Oregon. Founded in 2015, we are a collective of managers, business owners, entrepreneurs, energy specialists, agriculturists, plant breeders, scientists, and astronomers working together to cover every facet of the garden club's operation - from internal structure to public outreach. Though a seemingly random collection of individuals, our wide base of knowledge and experience is what makes the garden club so influential in our community. We have the brains to aid in important research and the connections to bring this information to the public.
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