LLI Summer 2018-digital

Lifelong Learning Institute Exploring the Universe Cosmology, Black Holes, & Prospects for Extraterrestrial Life Presented by Dr. Michael Stamatikos Date & Time: Thursdays, July 5, 12 & 19 10 a.m.–12 p.m, 1179 University Drive Newark, Ohio, Hopewell Hall Date & Time: Monday, July 30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. , SciDome at The Works Ohio Center for History Art and Technology, 55 S. 1st St. Newark, Ohio (field trip, self-drive) About the Course: Embark upon the ultimate 13.8-billion-year journey as we explore the evolution and fate of the Universe via the scientific detection of cosmic multi-messengers: photons, neutrinos and gravitational waves, which have revealed the age, size, structure and composition of the Cosmos. Trace our refined understanding of gravity, which spans Aristotle, Galileo, Newton and Einstein, in the context of Nature’s most enigmatic creations: black holes - extreme places in space-time where gravity prohibits even light from escaping! Learn how scientists make indirect observations by transforming orbiting robotic satellites into time machines, which have exposed the ubiquity of black holes - even within the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy! Dr. Stamatikos will make direct connections to his NASA-based astrophysical research on Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) and motivate the impact of current and future missions upon prospects for extraterrestrial life and intelligence. We’ll examine how our best theories, converge to the ironic precision of knowing that 95% of the Universe is currently unknown! Instructor Bio: Dr. Michael Stamatikos is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Ohio State, and a NASA Astrophysicist. His Ph.D. (2006, SUNY at Buffalo) was based upon work performed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. Stamatikos is spearheading a state-of-the-art digital SciDome at The Works that will uniquely provide an immersive, interdisciplinary educational environment. In that regard, Stamatikos serves as the Founding Director of the SciDome and The Works’ first Chief Science Officer. His continued passion for education and public outreach has garnished Ohio State’s Best New Undergraduate Research Mentor (2016), Teaching Excellence (2017) and Service (2017) awards. He has been featured in “The Columbus Dispatch,” is a guest columnist of the “Newark Advocate” and makes invited public appearances. He has been widely recognized for his work on Swift, which has been ranked the best science mission in its class in two consecutive NASA biennial senior reviews. Stamatikos won the Bruno Rossi Prize in 2007 and 2011 from the American Astronomical Society for major advances in the scientific understanding of GRBs. He’s co-authored over a hundred scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals such as “Science and Nature,” and serves as an invited peer reviewer for NASA proposals and “The Astrophysical Journal.” He also presented at COTC’s Global Business & Education Conference in 2017. 13