Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!
What: Irene Porro, "The Search for Planets Outside our Solar System" @ BPL
When: May 19, 2009 6:00 PM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Meetup Description: From the Boston Public Library Site:http://www.bpl.org/news/upcomingevents.htm
"Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in C05/06. In recent years astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets far beyond our solar system. Hear about the challenges of locating these planets, the excitement of discovery, and their significance for the human race from astronomer Dr. Irene Porro, director of the Education and Outreach Group at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy".
Where to meet:
Not sure. Where is C05/06? T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with blue eyes, brown hair, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. Let's head in at 5:40 pm to grab seats.
About Irene Porro:http://epo.mit.edu/People.html
"Irene Porro is the Education and Public Outreach scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute (MKI). In her work, Irene is able to combine a background in physics and astrophysics, with an interdisciplinary approach to science learning and a strong commitment to promote science learning outside of the traditional classroom.
"In her work, Irene is able to combine a background in physics and astrophysics, with an interdisciplinary approach to science learning and a strong commitment to promote science learning outside of the traditional classroom.
"Irene Porro obtained a Ph.D. in Space Science and Technology from the University of Padua in 1996. Her research work focused on ground and space-based stellar interferometry and was carried out during a three-year fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In her early academic career she attended, first a student and then teaching assistant, the International Space University, a multidisciplinary program in space related disciplines, where she nourished and developed her interdisciplinary approach to science".
About the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research ( Space.MIT.EDU):http://space.mit.edu/about_csr.html
"Founded in 1965, formerly the Center for Space Research (CSR), the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an interdepartmental center that supports research in space science and engineering, astronomy and astrophysics. MKI plays a leading role in the design, construction and utilization of instruments placed aboard space vehicles launched by NASA or other agencies. The Institute's projects draw upon the interests and expertise of scientists and engineers from several MIT departments, thus affording a wide array of opportunities for both students and faculty. Experimental programs are supplemented by closely related programs of ground-based research, by theoretical investigations, and by laboratory development of instrumentation for space-based and ground-based experiments. MKI is located at 70 Vassar St. in the building named after the MIT Ph.D. graduate and NASA astronaut Ronald McNair"
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/10089733/