Tuesday, November 29, 2016

THIS Friday is First Friday

The December edition of the First Friday Science Seminar Series - and MORE - takes place this week on Friday, December 2, at Midland College.

Midland College (MC) and Museum of the Southwest will once again partner to host two FREE lectures by Dr. Patrick Miller, professor of Mathematics at Hardin Simmons University and founder of the International Astronomical Search Collaboration. Both lectures are entitled “The Search for Asteroids.” The lectures are part of Museum of the Southwest’s Relativity Lecture Series made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation.

The lectures will be held on the Midland College main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street and will last approximately one hour. The community is invited to attend one or both.

The first lecture will be held at 12:00 noon in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or purchase one in the Scharbauer Student Center grill. Iced tea, water and dessert will be provided.

Dr. Miller’s second lecture will occur in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101, at 6:00 p.m.

Miller will be discussing solar system debris, known as asteroids. He states that this debris consists of rock and ice boulders ranging in size from inches to miles. On occasion, these boulders wander into near-Earth space—posing a very real risk to life. Miller’s lectures will focus on the origin of asteroids, their location, how they make their way to earth and how they are discovered.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Museum of the Southwest to present these lectures to our students and the community,” said Dr. Tom Ready, MC professor of Chemistry. “We offer various lectures to our students as part of our ‘First Friday’ lecture series, and this lecture fits perfectly with our plans to close out the fall semester with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our solar system from an expert in the field.”

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