2018 April Club Meeting
Schedule: 6:00 – 6:30 Social Time Pizza/Salad Delivered @ 6:15
6:30 – 6:45 Upcoming Trips Pizza Delivered @ 6:30
6:45 – 7:15 Club Business Pizza Delivered @ 6:45
7:15 – 8:15 Presentation
8:15 – 8:30 Clean-up
Astronomy in Oregon – Boldly Going Where Few Dare to Tread!
Dr. Scott Fisher
Director, Pine Mountain Observatory
University of Oregon, Department of Physics
In this public-level presentation Dr. Fisher will describe and speak about a new vision for astronomy education, research, and public outreach in Oregon. Along the way he will talk about what it is like to work as a staff scientist at a modern, large-aperture telescope, and how he plans to bring cutting-edge observational astronomy to Oregon. In particular he will discuss Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) and the University of Oregon Remote Observatory Control Center (the UO ROCC) a planned on-campus center that will enable our astro-interested community (including academic collaborators, K-12 schools and the public) to observe and take part in research being conducted at PMO.
This presentation is full of images and videos that will be presented at a level that is appropriate for all ages and for all levels of astronomy knowledge. Dr. Fisher will also host a game of “Stump the Astronomer” where audience members get to ask questions about the discoveries discussed in the talk – or about any astronomy related topic!
Dr. Scott Fisher is a faculty member in the University of Oregon Department of Physics where he teaches introductory-level astronomy courses and serves as the Director for Undergraduate Studies for the department. Scott previously worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he was responsible for selecting and funding astronomy programs across the United States. Before his time in Washington, Scott was based in Hilo, Hawaii where he worked as a staff scientist of the Gemini Observatory. At Gemini, he worked as an instrument scientist and as a member of the Gemini Outreach team. Scott's main area of research is searching for and studying planet-forming disks around young stars.
In addition to his love of astronomy, Scott is an amateur photographer and a Geocacher. When he is not observing, he can often be found in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or anywhere with nightlife full of bright neon lights, poker cards, and casino chips!