Galaxy in space

“Space: The Final Frontier” Discovery Café to be held February 18

In November, OARS and The Graduate School hosted Miami University’s first-ever Discovery Café (see video above).

Modeled on the Science Café concept originated by the PBS documentary series Nova, Discovery Café helps celebrate Miami’s Year of Creativity + Innovation. It’s a fun, casual — and free! — way to find out what’s new and next in nearly every field, from art to mechanical engineering to zoology.

At the next Café — scheduled for Thursday, February 18 — three of Miami University’s most dynamic researcher-scholars will explore the theme, “Space: The Final Frontier.”

Glenn Platt is a marketing professor and director of the Armstrong Institute of Interactive Media Studies (AIMS). He consults on social media, digital marketing, and e-commerce for companies such as P&G, Bank of America, and Luxottica.

Bob Setlock is a professor in the College of Engineering and Computing and director of Project High Flight, an interdisciplinary endeavor to develop a remote-controlled, long duration, high altitude balloon designed to fly missions to the edge of space. His research focuses on developing best practices for encouraging students’ natural creative and innovative abilities.

Robbyn Abbitt is GIS coordinator in the Depratment of Geography. Her research focuses on geographical information systems (GIS), and she is beginning to explore the use of drones for gathering and applying GIS data..

After the experts offer their perspective, the audience will have a chance to ask questions and engage in conversation.

All are welcome to attend the event, which takes place at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 18 in the AIS on the first floor of Miami University’s King Library. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!

Video by Alan Schauer, used with permission. Space photo by Sweetie187 via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.


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