Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

OMSI Science Pub to Feature Death from the Skies Author, (Bad Astronomer) Phil Plait – August 1, 2012

Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy author, Phil Plait, will give a Science Pub talk hosted by OMSI at the Bagdad Theater in Portland on august 1, 7pm

OMSI Hosts Death from the Skies! Author, Bad Astronomer Dr. Phil Plait at August 1 Portland Science Pub

A special edition OMSI Portland Science Pub presented by “Bad Astronomer,”Dr. Phil Plait.

How do you think the world will end?  If you’re anything like American astronomer, Phil Plait, the possibility for human extinction by way of astronomical phenomena is a topic worth exploring!  In his

published work, Death from the Skies!,Dr. Plait reveals the real science behind various astronomical events, including asteroid impactssupernovae explosionssolar flares and gamma ray bursts.  What are the chances of any of these radical events occurring in real life?  Listen as Dr. Plait debunks glamorized Hollywood theories and explains how astronomical events have actually shaped our history … and how they may do so again.

Wednesday, August 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Bagdad Theater: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Open to all ages, with purchased tickets. No scientific background required!

COST:  This is a special ticketed Science Pub event.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance online or at McMenamins box offices.


After earning his doctorate in astronomy at the University of Virginia, Dr. Phil Plait worked as a NASA contractor in the Goddard Space Flight Center on the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Plait began a career in public outreach and education with the Bad Astronomy website and blog, exposing bad science and popular misconceptions. He released his book Bad Astronomy in 2002, followed by Death from the Skies! in 2008. Dr. Plait’s television show, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe premiered on the Discovery Channel in September 2010.


OMSI Science Pubs give you a chance to quench your thirst and feed your head by combining food, beverages, and learning. Held in seven different locations around the state, Science Pubs feature cutting-edge topics in science and technology presented by leading experts in a fun, casual atmosphere. Whether you’re completely unfamiliar with science or a self-identified “science geek,” at Science Pub, you’ll be entertained and educated in an environment where there’s no such thing as a dumb question! For more information, visit www.omsi.edu/sciencepub.

Use your computer to journey back some 4.5 billion years, and prepare to blast away — you’re going to make a moon just like Earth’s. All you need to do is to register to play the award-winning “Selene” online video game from the Center for Educational Technologies, or CET. CET is the home of NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

In “Selene: A Lunar Construction Game,” you and your students learn about basic geological processes on Earth and in the solar system while helping educational researchers study how and when people learn through educational video games.

Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, “Selene” has won numerous awards, and research has shown that the game aids learning. But we need players. To register your students, email selene@cet.edu with your contact info and times when you would be available for a short 30-minute orientation.

New for the 2012-2013 school year is a Spanish-language version of the game. The game is open to ages 9 and up and can be played anytime, anyplace. To learn more about “Selene,” read testimonials about it or see how it aligns with national and state science standards. Visit the “Selene” website at http://selene.cet.edu.

Have a Blast Learning About the Moon With New Selene Video Game


Algebraic Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar – July 19, 2012

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on July 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. EDT. The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar26.aspx

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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