Cafe Scientifique: Galaxy Formation and the Re-Ionization of the Universe

Gather with other humanists for another Happy Hour Forum on Science and Culture presented by the Bell Museum.  This month's topic is galaxy formation, using observations from both ground and space-based facilities.  Event host, Scott Jackson, will arrive at 6 pm, when the doors open, and stake out a table near the front. He will be wearing a 'Radical Hospitalitarian' T-shirt and have a Humanists of Minnesota sign.  

Presenter for the evening is Prof. Claudia Scarlata whose work covers all evolutionary stages of galaxies from their infancy at the end of the dark ages to their maturity in the local universe.  This approach allows her to determine what mechanisms are important in each epoch of the galaxy formation process and to understand if their roles change with time.

Because the programs often sell out, Scott highly recommends buying tickets in advance and showing up well before the start of the program at 7pm.​ For ticket information, go to the Bell Museum website at http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForAdults/CafeScientifique/


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Out standing.

    January 22, 2014

  • Scott J.

    Now that I've decided to attend the Cafe rather than a course at the University of Minnesota that interests me, I've been hit by the creeping crud. Probably some 'mildly aged' chicken I ate earlier this afternoon. (I hate to throw out food, and I did reheat it.) Sorry about the last minute change of plans. Thanks for stepping in, Mark.

    January 21, 2014

  • Scott J.

    I'll be there after all, a few minutes after 6 pm.

    January 21, 2014

  • KJ

    I really wanted to go to this lecture, but the ticket situation is nonsensical. Bryant Lake Bowl's web site says the tickets cost $5-$12 on a "sliding scale" but that all tickets are "General Admission." Tomorrow's too late to reserve a ticket, so I'm not going to go out in subzero weather just to turned away at the door.

    January 20, 2014

    • Scott J.

      I like the sliding scale because of my low income, and the use of a few discrete price points rather than a continuous scale makes sense to me. Based on the last couple of times, if you show up by 6:30, you should have no problem getting in.

      January 20, 2014

    • Viki

      You could call before you got on your way and ask the staff if it is sold out or close to being sold out. I would offer to grab you a ticket when I get there (I got mine online last night) but I can't get there until a few minutes before 7.

      January 21, 2014

  • Scott J.

    I may not be able to attend because of a possible conflict (Audrey is seeking a replacement), but I thought I'd add some instructions anyway. Last month we sat in 'stadium seating' farther back rather than at tables up front, and that worked well, so I recommend it again (maybe three rows this time). One person should stand by the door to direct traffic while others hold down aisle seats in the designated rows to insure that everyone sits together. (Les: bring the Humanists sign.) Enjoy.

    January 21, 2014

  • Connie M.

    It's going to be br-r-r cold. I'll come if my car will bring me.

    January 20, 2014

  • Mady

    I would of have loved to join you all its one of my favorite things to do but its also my birthday night and not sure if I could make it on time I work til 6pm ...definitely look forward to joining more of your meetups....have an astronomical time...Mady

    January 14, 2014

    • Scott J.

      I wouldn't go if it were my birthday (of course, I have a twin brother), but we hold a block of seats for latecomers and buying a ticket online beforehand assures one's attendance.

      January 14, 2014

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