What we're about

Our Cosmos is a science advocacy group whose purpose is to promote community engagement and interest in all aspects of the Cosmos and to foster intellectual curiosity.  Activities include exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM), environmental science and medicine. Although originally oriented more toward the hard sciences, we now have expanded our focus to include science-related social issues such as public health, conservation, and the environment. Our Cosmos strives to bring attention to information, people, and organizations that will advance knowledge, benefit society and improve the way we live.  It was inspired by the world renowned late astronomer and science popularizer, Dr. Carl Sagan.

The primary focus is through an edutainment (education and entertainment) platform; e.g. stage venues, lectures, hands-on exhibits, and tours of geological/archaeological/astronomical/other sites.

Most in-person activities are centered in the Orange County/Los Angeles greater metropolitan areas.  This Meetup was designed to create a real, face-to-face community.  Friends and family are always invited except for certain events due to space limitation.  Our Platform involves meeting real people and doing real things in the real world.

Having said that, since the start of the pandemic in 2020 we have been presenting a wide array of webinars, talks, and other online events from all over the world. There is a rich and diverse range of offerings online and we will continue to present these to you.

We encourage our members to contact us with ideas for events!

One Last Thing!
The goal is for each event to be interesting and memorable for everyone.  Some events require reserving places for those who have RSVP'd or meeting at a specific place so that we all go as a group.  If you are signed up and do not show up, you are a No-Show.  If this is a habit, you may be blocked from signing up for some events or even removed from the group.  Generally we only allow two or three No-Shows before doing this.  We ask that you please be responsible and communicative so the rest of the group does not end up waiting for you when you aren't coming.  No-Shows include last-minute cancellations for events with waiting lists.


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Music on the Brain: The Brain in Tempo

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Online event by Helen Sung and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Streamed live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/5172929789462130

and on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHxYZJcHygg

Bringing together jazz music and science as we celebrate the way that music affects our brains and bodies.

Music on the Brain: The Brain in Tempo — As it’s often said, “timing is everything” and this is certainly true for our brains: countless neurons work together in intricate networks that enable us to go about our daily lives. Our neurons also enable us to engage life at different tempos, and this is a current focal point in the research of this month’s guest Zuckerman scientist Dr. Sumaira Zamurrad. She researches the neural networks that control different walking behaviors in the house fly. Join 2019 Zuckerman Institute Jazz Artist-in-Residence Helen Sung and Dr. Zamurrad as they explore the neuroscience behind experiencing life (and music!) from Adagio to Allegro.

The hunt for regenerative medicines: Front Row lecture with Michael Bollong, PhD

Online event by Scripps Research

Register here: https://scrippsresearch.zoom.us/webinar/register/1516515164565/WN_wT-5QqbNRciEL8WJ_YQ2Gg

Our bodies have the ability to regenerate tissues damaged by disease or injury, but that capability is limited. In his Front Row lecture, Scripps Research assistant professor Michael Bollong will share how his lab is using high-throughput technologies and large-scale chemistry techniques to search for medicines to accelerate the body's natural healing powers. This research is paving the way to new therapies for diseases ranging from heart disease to burns to inflammatory bowel diseases.

Take a seat in the front row and listen as some of the world’s foremost scientists introduce you to the innovative medicines and treatments headed your way from Scripps Research. Each one-hour virtual lecture is free and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Learn more at frontrow.scripps.edu.

Scripps Research is an independent, nonprofit biomedical institute ranked the most influential in the world for its impact on innovation. Based in La Jolla, California, we are advancing human health through profound discoveries that address pressing medical concerns around the globe.

Earth, Exoplanets, and Everything in Between

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Online event by Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Register here: https://airandspace.si.edu/events/earth-exoplanets-and-everything-between


# Earth, Exoplanets, and Everything in Between

Presenter: Dr. Knicole Colón, Astrophysicist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
June 29, 2022 | 8 - 9pm

### Join the search for exoplanets beyond our solar system and discover what they teach us about Earth

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Over the past 30 years, we have discovered thousands of exoplanets, which are planets located outside of our solar system. At the same time, we only know of one planet where life definitely exists – Earth. This Exploring Space lecture will be a journey from our own home to worlds that exist trillions of miles away. Leading us on this journey is Knicole Colón, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and deputy project scientist for exoplanet science for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
She will explore what we know about those distant exoplanets and their similarities and differences to Earth, based on information collected from a multitude of telescopes on Earth and in space. While we cannot yet travel to exoplanets, we are able to continue advancing our knowledge of them thanks in great part to the launch of new space telescopes, like JWST. Our studies of exoplanets ultimately help us better understand Earth as a planet.

This program will be presented in-person in the Rasmuson Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and will be streamed live on YouTube with live closed captioning. Registration is required for in person attendance and encouraged for online viewing.
Register to attend in person at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Register to attend online.


## About the Exploring Space Lecture Series

### Eyes on Earth

Access to space hasn’t just allowed us to learn more about stars and other planets, it has also given us new tools and a new vantage point from which to learn about our home on Earth and the complex and interacting systems that make it a habitable world. The 2022 Exploring Space Lecture Series will highlight work done in space today to better understand our shared history with our planet, with remote sensing, human observation, and exoplanet science searching for new Earths. Discover all the programs in this year’s series.
The Exploring Space Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.

Track Launches Worldwide!

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We'll explore Action #10: Track Launches Worldwide, from "Your Amazing Itty Bitty Explore Space Now! Book" and talk about the two pending sequels to the first book.

To follow along, get the book so you'll understand a bit about the book, thinking about what you might like to write and how to help with the marketing of a book.


Catch us LIVE Friday, July 1st at 9pm Pacific time, or in a #replay, on the Everyday Spacer Facebook page or the Everyday Spacer YouTube channel...

Each week that we don't have a guest, we'll chat about something interesting that YOU can do involving space exploration, science, astronomy, like that.

Stop on by and ask questions or let us know if you have done anything like this. We want to hear from you!

We broadcasting live on Friday nights from Facebook and YouTube at...
9pm Pacific time
10pm Mountain time
11pm Central time
12midnight Eastern time
In North America

Just look for Everyday Spacer on either platform on Friday nights, or catch the replay later, at your convenience.

If You or Someone You Know Has Done Something Interesting With...

  • Space Exploration
  • Science
  • Astronomy

...like that, we'd love to share our live! Just pick a date and let us know what you'd like to talk about and, if it's on topic, we'll make you a guest on our show!

Message me here or send an email to: Pam at Everyday Spacer dot com if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on our show!

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