February Programs at Vassar Brothers Institute
SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2017 Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 8
The 2017 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 18, January 25, and February 8. As in the past, each program will consist of an understandable talk by a scientist involved in research on the topic, and an opportunity for questions from the audience. Brochures giving speakers, and subjects and the location will be distributed in January. The purpose of these lectures is to bring together the general public and scientists to explore topics of interest and importance to everyone. Admission is free.
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Our Lady of Lourdes High School
131 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Programs whose purpose is to bring together scientists and the lay public in the exploration of topics of general interest and concern. Admission is free.
Mary Louise Van Winkle, Chairperson
Maung S. Htoo
Edmund Lynch III
February 8, 2017
7:30 PM MUSIC BY VIVACE ORCHESTRA
(30 person string orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman)
8:15 PM “THE HABITABILITY OF TERRESTRIAL PLANETS’
Speaker: Dr. James Green
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
About 4.5 billion years ago a supernova exploded causing a nearby interstellar cloud to collapse creating our solar system. What emerged first was our sun blowing the lighter gases outward, allowing the heavier elements to remain in the inner solar system forming our terrestrial planets. We are so lucky to have Venus and Mars, two terrestrial planets that are similar to earth. Comparative planetology tells as that terrestrial planetary atmospheres have been in the process of continual change based on the extent of their sources and sinks. We are finding startling parallels in which both Venus and Mars had environments that would have been habitable for life, as we know it, in their distant past. The results of these studies can also tell us about the evolution of our earth’s atmosphere and what we should be looking for to determine if some of the newly discovered terrestrial` planets orbiting distant stars could also be habitable.
Dr. James Green became the Director of Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in 2006. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Iowa. He has written over 115 scientific articles.
Travel & Adventure Programs at
Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium
70 Forbus Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
7:30pm (Doors open at 6:45pm)
February 15, 2017
Hawaii & the South Pacific
Become energized by our visit to the islands of Hawaii. You’ll sense the fresh, floral air and warm, tranquil waters, as you gaze upon the breathtaking natural beauty. From Hawaii we’ll visit the islands of French Polynesia: the mystique of legendary Tahiti and the eye-rubbing beauty of Moorea. But we’ll also meet some of the modern-day, friendly inhabitants of this remote paradise.
February 22, 2017
Our National Parks: Sunrise to Sunset
Where America’s wilderness comes alive. Havens for animals and for people. These parks have changed people’s lives. Join Dennis as he explores the Great Smokeys, Voyageurs, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, Yosemite, Olympic, Glacier, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon and more. Come away refreshed by the timeless beauty of these unique corners of our country.