Vancouver Astronomy Meetup Group
Vancouver Astronomy Meetup Group
Public group

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby Campus · Burnaby, BC

How to find us

Our lecture will be held in room SWH 10081 at Simon Fraser University. Closest parking is Visitor Lot East. You can also check out this link for more detailed instructions:

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Topic: 40 Years of Astronomy at the Top of the World

Room: Saywell Hall, Room SWH10081 adjacent to the Atrium, SFU Burnaby Campus

The speaker for our annual Paul Sykes Memorial Lecture will be Mary Beth Laychak.

Synopsis: 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. I will share stories of the science, staff, and their adventures over those 40 years along with plans for the future.

Speaker Bio: Mary Beth Laychak is the Director of Strategic Communications at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on the Big Island of Hawaii. She also runs the Maunakea Scholars program, an innovative astronomy outreach program for Hawaii public high school students. Mary Beth has an undergraduate degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Penn State University and a masters degree in educational technology from San Diego State. Her passions include astronomy, sharing astronomy with the public, astronomy based crafts, and running. She lives in Waimea, Hawaii with her husband and cat.

About our Events:

All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics. Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events