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Death: Confronting the Great Divide

Speaker Series
Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere

Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples, invited speakers in this eight-part series will draw our attention to the inevitability of the end facing all living creatures, the various ways in which humans have learned to live with knowledge of their mortality, and how bereavement rituals impact our environment and community. With input from scholars in a range of disciplines, including scholars of history, religion, environmental studies, Latin American studies, history of medicine,and art history, the series reveals how learning in the humanities can help us better understand one of the most integral parts of life: the end of life.

This event is free and open to the public and includes time afterward for questions and discussion.

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September 2016

Lecture: The History of the Universe from the Beginning to the End

Tues. Sept. 19, 2016 @ 7pm
Pugh Hall 170

The UF Department of Astronomy will host a public lecture by Nobel Laureate John Mather on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in Pugh Hall 170. Professor Mather’s Tuesday talk is titled, “The History of the Universe from the Beginning to the End: Where Did We Come from, Where Can We Go?” Professor Mather will outline the history of the universe from its early moments in the Big Bang, to the possible end. He will illustrate with examples from NASA, including measurements of the Big Bang, discoveries with the Hubble, and future telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope, planned for and October 2018 launch, and beyond.

Professor Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2006, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. His research centers on infrared astronomy and cosmology. As a young postdoctoral fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, he led the proposal efforts for COBE, and became the Principal Investigator for the Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) on board this satellite. With this instrument, Dr. Mather showed that the cosmic microwave background radiation follows a perfect blackbody spectrum with an accuracy within 50 parts per million. COBE results helped cement the big bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, "The COBE project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.” Since 1995, Dr. Mather is the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). He has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the NSF (for the ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, and for the CARA, the Center for Astrophysical Research in the Antarctic). Besides the Nobel Prize, Dr. Mather has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics and the Gruber Foundation Cosmology PrIze, as well as honorary D. Sc. degrees from Swarthmore College, U. of Maryland and U. of Notre Dame.

After the lecture, the public also is invited to the UF Campus Teaching Observatory, which is located south of the Reitz Union parking lot and west of the Aerospace Engineering building, off of Museum Road. The public night at the observatory will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. weather permitting.

Documentary Film Screening: Thank You For Playing
Thurs. September 29 @ 5:30pm
REVE Polymodal Immersive Classroom Theater, Norman Gym (SW Corner of Norman Hall)

Directed and Produced by David Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Thank You for Playing is a film that chronicles the day-to-day challenges of Ryan and Amy Green as they grapple with the illness of their son Joel, who has suffered from cancer since the age of one. With the challenge of creating some normalcy for their family of five, they find some solace in creating a tribute to him, a haunting video game That Dragon, Cancer that captures both his voice and their experiences, both happy and sad, over the four-year period of his illness.

The screening will be will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers via Skype. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is second in an eight-part speaker series called Death: Confronting the Great Divide. This series invites nationally renowned scholars and filmmakers to explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death.

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October 2016

Festival: Molecular Mania

Sat. Oct. 29 at the Oaks Mall (Belk's Court), 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Molecular Mania is the Chemistry Department's annual family-friendly outreach event in which they use Halloween-themed interactive demonstrations to convey chemistry concepts to local youth.

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