"Strange Stuff in the Universe" at BW

Join us for another outstanding lecture/open house program on Friday October 4, 2013 at 7:30PM.  Steven Kosztya from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Baldwin Wallace University will present a lecture on “Strange Stuff in the Universe” in the “Center for Innovation and Growth” (CIG).  After the lecture the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing weather permitting.  Dr. Landis will also be available for book signing.


This is a free lecture and no reservations are required.  The CIG is located the East side of Front Street, North of Bagley Road, at 340 Front Street.  Parking is available behind CIG and adjacent to the Observatory off of Fifth Avenue West.

See you there! :)


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  • Alida t.

    the lecture was interesting if basic but better than that I met "stranger" stuff in the Freethinker Universe some very nice people not known to me before-I should have joined this group a billion years ago

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Mark T.

    This page has info on some of the strangest stuff in the known universe: http://www.solstation.com/x-objects.htm

    October 6, 2013

  • Mark T.

    I agree with Rosalie, the Professor kind of zipped through everything but 1) I learned things I hadn't known and 2) he was funny as hell. It was great to hang out with everyone as usual! Last time, I thought El Maya's food was on the mediocre side of good; this time, really well-made and tasty.

    October 6, 2013

    • Mark T.

      It was a full-capacity crowd- I'm not sure if a handful of members made it or not, so I'm leaving the attendance as is.

      October 6, 2013

  • Rosalie

    A tad too fast and short. Wanted more information like that presented on the Sun. Fun sense of humor. Followed by great conversation at Mexican restaurant with yummy food. Conversation so sparkly with Marni, Mark, Ken, Tim, Susan, Naomi, and Bryan. I was sitting too far from others to hear everyone! Was able to mock the "science" of astrology and homeopathy with abandon...felt so free. Then we spoke on Sci Fi, cats, 'squirrels in the attic', writing, observatories, and a crazy song about a VooDoo doll. Sorry I didn't talk as much with every everyone else. Such interesting folks

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though I originally said I will be attending, I won't be able make it due to a not-so-strange phenomenon in my universe that just appeared this morning: My 14-year-old rusty car's brake system started sending signals. The technicians traced the origin of the signals to rusted brake lines caused by salt, Cleveland's age-old method of subsidizing the automotive industry. So, I will be stuck in my little universe this evening. But since only few of you know me, my absence will not make any difference. I will read your comments about the event instead.

    October 4, 2013

    • Mark T.

      Sorry about your uncooperative car, Umit :( See you next time!

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • Marni T.

      Don't sell yourself short, Umit. Your absence makes a difference to those of us who have met you! :)

      October 5, 2013

  • Marni T.

    Loved the meetup - great to see everyone! We always do have the problem of long tables at meals - maybe some day we can have a space of our own to go to!

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • ken

    CFT is a really great bunch of people. I really enjoyed all the conversations I had with people last night. You're really interesting folks! I wish I could have been able to talk longer and with more of the members. I guess that just means we'll have to get together again-- soon.

    2 · October 5, 2013

  • Suzy W.

    The speakers and topics are always quite interesting and just the right length of time. The food at El Maya is delicious and reasonably priced! As usual, I always miss not being able to hear or enter in with each person's conversation! Very enjoyable.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Maude

    Great turnout, I just wish I had a chance to chat with some more CFTers but at these things, we always end up sitting all over the place. Good speaker, and great company.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Ok, reservation is made for El Maya (368 West Bagley Rd) at 9:15pm. I played it safe and said 16 people- I'll call them before we go if the head count is different. See some of you in the snack bar at the CIG, we should be there at 7pm.

    October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Count me in.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to be there at about 720. Can someone look for me.. text or call me? 3309074682. I'm a stranger to the area. Bryan.

    October 4, 2013

  • Ram

    Any dinner plans after the lecture?

    October 2, 2013

    • Ram

      Cool... I am in for El Maya.

      October 3, 2013

    • ken

      me too.

      October 4, 2013

  • Laura

    I will be with my kids tomorrow evening so have to change my rsvp. Sounds like it will be a great lecture. I hope to catch the next one. Have fun everyone!

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Tim C.

    The Mexican restaurant on Bagley west of BW was pretty good the last time we were there!

    2 · October 3, 2013

  • Rosalie

    Mark, or anyone coming from the Mayfield area, want to car pool?

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Mark T.

    In the latest emailing from BW Astronomy Dept- "LB’s Café, off the CIG Lobby, will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on 10/4/2013 for your convenience. The café serves Starbuck’s coffee and pastries & sweets."

    September 30, 2013

  • ken

    Maybe everyone knows this already, but I'll repeat it just in case not: Front Street (the street on which CIG is located) has a speed limit of 25mph. Considering that it'll be Friday evening in a college town, it's not unlikely that there'll be policing there at that time.

    September 30, 2013

  • Laura

    There are two times listed: 6:45 and 7:30pm. Which time is the lecture?

    September 26, 2013

    • Maude

      I've not found parking the biggest problem, but if you want to actually sit during the lecture, best get there by 7, I think.

      1 · September 27, 2013

    • Laura

      Thank you! I'm a maybe since it depends if I have my kids or not.

      September 28, 2013

  • Ram

    Tentative

    September 27, 2013

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