February Programs at Vassar Brothers Institute

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SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2018

Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7

Sponsored by:

The 2018 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on February 21, February 28, and March 7. 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.

February 21, 2018

7:30 PM “MUSIC BY ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PHILHARMONIA
(a 45 student string orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman)

8:15 PM “THE WORLD OF GEMOLOGY: HISTORY AND VALUE OF PRECIOUS GEMSTONES”
Speaker: Bradford Walker
Shreve, Crump & Low of Greenwich, CT

     Precious gemstones have captured the imagination for centuries, with the allure, value and often mystery. Mr. Walker will dazzle us with stories about Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds. Where are they found and why are some regions more desirable than the others? What contributes to their color and other properties? Additionally, he will examine some of the most notable gems owned by monarchs, celebrities and American royalty, past and present.

     Brad Walker is a fourth-generation jeweler and executive vice-president of Shreve Crump and Low, one of America’s oldest institutions. He received his Graduate Gemology degree prior to graduating from Babson College with a BA in Business. Shreve Crump and Low was first opened in 1796 just 20 years after the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

February 28, 2018

7:30 PM MUSIC BY ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ MACHINE
(Conducted by Rich Guillen)

8:15 PM “USING SHADOWS TO SHED NEW LIGHT” 
Speaker: Dr. James Green
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

     Current estimates are that over 150 million Americans viewed the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 with another 60 million watching it electronically from TV or the internet. It’s amazing to think that we are still using this opportunity to do new and exciting science even though eclipses are a regular occurrence. Eclipses are the “obscuring of the light from one celestial body by passage of another between it and the observer”. We use nearly the same definition for describing occultations and transits. In reality, the phenomena of eclipses, occultations and transits that create shadows has been a critical technique to do amazing things from finding new rings at Saturn to new planets orbiting other far away stars. This is a brief story of how we continue to use shadow techniques to uncover new science with spectacular examples that have occurred the last year.

     Dr. James Green became the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa. He has written over 115 scientific articles.

 

Officers 2017-2018
Maung S. Htoo, President, Ph.D.
Edwin E. Fitchett, Vice-President
Robert Brickner, Secretary
Arne C. Christensen, Treasurer

Board of Trustees
Robert Brickner
Arne C. Christensen
Edwin E. Fitchett
James Holmgren
Margaret A. Horton
Maung S. Htoo, Ph.D.
Steven C. Johnson
Mary Louise VanWinkle, Ph.D.

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