HAWK - EYES IN SPACE
2017 Events and Date Calendar
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February 2, 2017 You
are invited to attend the third lecture in the public lecture series
that accompanies the "Hawkeyes in Space" exhibit (on display through
May 2017) on Thursday night at the Old Capitol Museum (3rd floor) at 6:30 pm. Colleague Craig Kletzing will be talking about the auroral borealis. Explorer Seminar Series. Flyer
February 6, 2017
Staci Tiedeken and Zachary Luppen showed the Moon to the kids at the Hospital using
Galileoscopes, demonstrated a scale model of the solar system, showed
the Earth-Moon-Sun system, and talked about the seasons and Earth's
tilt. Spectroscopy was also discussed using spectrum glasses. Kids also
constructed their own constellations using marshmallows of various
colors and sizes with pretzels.
February 7, 2017 Family Enrichment Night at Hoover Elementary from 6:05-6:45 PM.
February 7, 2017
Jim Schroeder gave a demonstration at Grinnell College. The
demonstration, called the e/m demo, shows the characteristic behavior
of electrons in a magnetic field, which was a key piece of background
info used in his talk about plasmas and auroras
February 11, 2017 Nearly 400 girls in 6th-8th
grade along with their parents will be attending the event. The event
is in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western
Illinois, but open to all girls. There will be four sessions that the
girls will rotate through the day of the event. Parents are encouraged
to attend. The event will take place at the Medical Education Research
Facility (MERF) from 9:00AM-11:30AM in room 1163.
February 12, 2017 Women in Science and Engineering STEM Extravaganza. 30-35 attendees, with 10-12 girls per breakout session. The event is taking place at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa from 1:00PM-5:00PM.
February 16, 2017 Flyer
Old Capital Museum at 6:30. This is the fourth lecture in the public
lecture series that accompanies the "Hawkeyes in Space" exhibit (on
display through May 2017. Scott Baalrud will be talking about the
design and construction and physics behind the Iowa Planeterella. IowaNow Link. Channel 2 - Fox 28 Piece. Forbes Article
February 20, 2017 Staci Tiedeken and Zachary Luppen showed the Moon to the kids at the Hospital using Galileoscopes, demonstrated a scale model of the solar system, showed the Earth-Moon-Sun system, and talked about the seasons and Earth's tilt. Spectroscopy was also discussed using spectrum glasses. Kids also constructed their own constellations using marshmallows of various colors and sizes with pretzels.
February 25, 2017 Hawk-Eyes in Space and Hawk-Eyes on Science present for a WINGS class. Class includes discussion on instrumentation used in astronomy and students will build a simple refracting telescope and a simple calibrated spectrometer. Students will also use and run a computer-controlled spectrometer and observe the spectra of different gasses and the sun.
March 2, 2017
This was the fifth lecture in the public lecture series that
accompanies the "Hawkeyes in Space" exhibit. This event took place at
6:30PM at the Old Capitol Museum. Jasper Halekas talked about the
scientific exploration of Mars, including his own work on the MAVEN
spacecraft project. Event Flyer
March 3, 2017
Penn Elementary Science Night. The 4th annual event will take place
from 6:30-8:00 PM. Alexis Madsen presented the levitron demonstration
to the students and their family.
March 4, 2017
Zachary Luppen and Sadie Moore hosted a Boy Scout group so they could
earn their space exploration badges. There were about 20 kids and 4
chaperones. The Scouts were showed some demos in room 665 that dealt
with basic astronomy concepts. Then they went up to the roof to see the
VAO and did some solar observing with glasses.
March 6, 2017 Hidden Figures campus screening. The event took place at the Pappajohn Business Building W10 Buchanan Auditorium. 6:30PM. Event Flyer
March 7, 2017
Physics demonstration to Beckman High School. The presentation took
place around 1:15PM. There were 24 students and three teachers in
March 9, 2017 Staci Tiedeken and Cornelia Lang talked about the upcoming solar eclipse for the Horace Mann Elementary Science Night. They had their own table where the kids made their own solar pinhole projectors made out of cardstock and aluminum foil. They also handed out solar eclipse glasses and solar eclipse information cards which Staci designed. Lastly, they used the Sun-Earth-Moon demo to show the kids how an eclipse works.
2017 Physics and Astronomy Departmental Demo Show. The theme this year will center around "Our Lives Online: The Internet and Technology". The show will be
held in LR1 VAN at 7:00 PM. Video (VLC Media File) KCRG Link
The Van Allen Observatory was open to those in attendance after the show. Zachary Luppen, Staci Tiedeken, and Tianshi Xie demonstrated to 25-30 people how the dome works, how the telescope works, and how students use this telescope and its sister scope, Gemini, down in Arizona. He also showed a few examples of the kinds of images that the university is able to take with the telescope and explained the history of objects like the Crab Nebula.
March 16, 2017 George Hospodarsky presented at the Iowa Valley's Family Reading Night Program. There were roughly 200 people at the event. (Parents and their children, mostly 6th grade and younger) He spoke about Professor Van Allen, the history of space physics at the University of Iowa, Cassini, Galileo, Voyager, Mars Express, Juno, and the Van Allen Probes missions. He also talked about the upcoming JUICE and Europa missions.
March 20, 2017 Staci Tiedeken and Zach Luppen presented at the University of Iowa Hospital. They used Galileoscopes, star wheels, and iPads to view the night sky with a group of patients and hospital staff. They also had a guided construction of solar eclipse pinhole viewers and discussed eclipses using the Sun-Earth-Moon demo.
April 1, 2017
Cornelia Lang organized an event with the Public Astronomy Club out of
the Quad Cities. They viewed the "Hawkeyes in Space" exhibit at the Old
Capital Mall in downtown Iowa City led by Zach Luppen. They then went
to the Palisades-Dows observatory for a tour.
April 3, 2017
Staci Tiedeken and Zach Luppen went to the new Children's Hospital and
showed a patient and her family a demo of what causes the seasons and
eclipses. They also talked about the upcoming solar eclipse, photometry
and spectroscopy, and finished up the evening creating some
constellations out of pretzels and marshmallows.
April 4, 2017
Shueville Methodist Church. 6:30 PM. Presentation will be given to Cub
Scout Pack 37 out of Cedar Rapids. The demonstration will take place
from 6:45 - 7:30.
April 5, 2017
Demonstration presented to the University of Iowa's Astronomy Club presented by Zach Luppen. The
event took place during a club meeting at 8:00PM in Van Allen Hall
Room 618. There was some historical astronomy demonstrations
presented. There were about 15 people in attendance.
April 5, 2017
John Goree gave a physics colloquium at Truman State University in
Kirksville, MO. It was attended mainly by junior and senior physics
majors, plus about seven faculty members including some from biology.
He used demos to show the effects of friction.
April 6, 2017
Don Gurnett will be talking about the journey of Voyager 1 into
interstellar space. The event will take place at the Old Capitol Museum
starting at 6:30PM. This is the sixth lecture in the public lecture
series that accompanies the "Hawkeyes in Space" exhibit (on display
through May only!). Series Flyer Event Flyer
April 8, 2017
Staci Tiedeken was at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums for the
annual Family Weekend. She had a booth where attendees could construct
their own soalr pinhole projectors in preparation for the upcoming
solar eclipse. She also set up a solar telescope and sunspotter
demonstration in front of Macbride Hall where people could safely view
April 8, 2017
Physics demonstration will take place at Horn Elementary in Iowa City
from 11:00AM-12:00PM in the multi purpose room. The event will follow
the science fair taking place from 10:00-11:00AM. Event Flyer
April 17, 2017 Staci
Tiedken and Zach Luppen were at the University of Iowa's Children's
Hospital. They showed a patient and his mom photometry and spectroscopy
demos. They also showed them Jupiter and a few of its moons through a
April 25, 2017 Cornelia Lang worked on an event that will involve Dr. Grinspoon giving two talks on Tuesday, April 25: a departmental seminar at 11:30 am and a public talk (as part of the U Iowa Creative Matters lecture series) at 7 pm in Art Building West lecture hall. See attached posters for more details. David Grinspoon will also be visiting "Big Ideas: Evolution and Life in the Universe" course on Tuesday the 25th and Eric Gidal's "British Literature and Environmental History" on Monday afternoon the 24th. Seminar Public Lecture
May 4, 2017 Staci Tiedeken will have a pre-school outreach from 10:00-11:00 AM. The event will take place in room 666 of Van Allen Hall.
May 4, 2017 Hawkeyes
in Science will be giving a presentation at the Medical Education
Research Facility courtyard. The event begins at 11:00 AM.
May 4, 2017 Noche de ciencias / SHPE Event Day of Science will take place in Moline, IL from 6:10-7:00.
May 4, 2017
The seventh and final lecture in the public lecture series that
accompanies the "Hawkeyes in Space" exhibit. The event will be at the
Old Capitol Museum starting at 6:30 PM. Bill Kurth will be talking
about the latest results from the JUNO mission to Jupiter, highlighting
observations that the U Iowa Waves instrument has obtained. Flyer
May 5, 2017 Staci Tiedeken will be showing a pre-school class some astronomy/physics demos.
May 8, 2017
Staci Tiedeken met with some patients at the University of Iowa
Children's Hospital. She showed two patients and their parents the Moon
through a telescope and talked about the upcoming solar eclipse while
they constructed solar pinhole projectors. They also talked about how
light has different energies, and used the light-energy demo to play
May 9, 2017
Noche De Ciencias is a STEM event with the mission of encouraging young
students (4th to 8th grade) to pursue higher education in STEM related
paths. The event targets mainly the Hispanic community coming from a
low income household and their parents, however, we extend the
invitation to anyone willing to check it out. The event will take place
at Central Middle School in Waterloo, IA from 5:00-8:00PM. Juan Carbone
is the head organizer of the event. Evening Agenda
May 12, 2017 Hawk-Eyes on Science host
a robot simulation for Project HOPE from 12:30 to 2:00 in Rm. 267 Van Allen Hall. Thank You's
May 16, 2017
John Goree, Bin Liu, and Martin Goree will be giving an outreach presentation at Horn Elementary
in Iowa City. He will present to three fifth grade classes. Presentations will be
on eclipses. The science teacher at the school is Mr. Joshua Flammang.
May 16, 2017 Demonstration show at the All Saints Catholic School in Davenport, IA. 475 kids were in attendence. There were two 25 min. shows starting at 9:00 AM.
May 16, 2017
George Hospodarsky and Pat Finn presented to 100 fifth graders and 5
teachers at Echo Hill Elementary School in Marion, IA. They talked
about the Van Allen Probes, Juno, Cassini, Mars Express, and Voyager.
They also talked about several other astronomy subjects and finished
off the day by launching some model rockets.
May 19, 2017
George Hospodarsky gave four presentations at the Alburnett Elementary
Career Day. There were around 40 fourth and fifth graders and a teacher in
attendance. He spoke about being a space physicist, professor Van
Allen, space physics, and physics at the University of Iowa.
May 26, 2017
Demonstration at the Nazareen Church just off of South 1st Ave. in Iowa
City at 4:30PM. Matthew McAndrew is in charge of the event.
June - August 2017
The instructional resource department will be lending a solar telescope
and some other items to the sciences library. The library will be doing
a display on eclipses this summer, to increase awareness of the total
solar eclipse in August.
June 2, 2017 Sibilings Program Outreach at 12:30 PM located in Van Allen Lecture Room 2 (room 56).
June 8, 2017
Demonstration presentation given to the Johnson County 4-H Club. The
event will include 64 fourth-sixth graders and 14 high school counselors. The event will take place
at the Crooked Creek Christian Camp in Washington, IA. Start time is set for 2:00 PM
June 16, 2017 Sibilings Program Outreach at 12:30 PM located in Van Allen room 70.
June 22, 2017 Sibilings Program Outreach at 12:30 PM located in Van Allen room 70.
June 22, 2017
Zachary Luppen, Cory Rude, Chris Michael, and Hannah Gulick took a pair
of solar telescopes over to the Pentacrest to do some observing. They
distributed 450 pairs of solar glasses and an almost equal amount of
solar eclipse cards. Estimated attendance was 200 people.
June 29, 2017 Sibilings Program Outreach at 12:30 PM located in Van Allen room 70.
July 6, 2017 Sibilings Program Outreach at 12:30 PM located in Van Allen room 70.
July 14, 2017 Sibilings Program Outreach at 12:30 PM located in Van Allen room 70.
July 17, 2017 Five Seasons Learning Center will be hosting a science presentation to take place in the afternoon.
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