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Observatory To Host Innovative Videoconference Program Series

The 2008 version of the “Subaru Science in the Mountains” series brings participants to far flung scientific locations across the continent and around the world
 

NORTH CONWAY, NH – June 23, 2008 – There’s no sunlight at the South Pole this time of year. Thousands of miles away and literally on the other side of the planet, scientists at the Pole are battling the elements, working on projects and advancing science. These hardy, adventurous people are a lot like the brave souls who staff the Mount Washington Observatory. They face challenge after challenge, not the least of which is the never-ending darkness of a South Pole winter.  

It’s quite fitting that the Mount Washington Observatory has put together an innovative way to connect people to scientists far and wide, including folks at the South Pole. The Observatory’s 2008 Subaru Science in the Mountains series will connect people, live and in real-time, with scientific locations across the nation and around the world. The highlight of the Subaru Science in the Mountains series is a visit to the very ends of the Earth—the South Pole.

“We’re calling this year’s series ‘A Passport to Science’, because we’re able to take people to far-off scientific destinations through videoconferencing technology,” says Scot Henley, Executive Director. “We’ll be able to hear about cutting-edge science from the people doing the work. We’ll be able to see the people we’re talking to and ask questions about their work. It’s an innovative program and we’re thrilled to offer the series this summer.”

Destinations in the Subaru Science in the Mountains Series span the continent and reach to the bottom of the planet.

Educational Outreach Coordinator Michelle Cruz assembled the travel itinerary for the Series. “We’ll be talking to researchers at the Seacoast Science Center here in New Hampshire, and learning about space exploration at Space Center Houston in Texas,” says Cruz. “We’ll find out about hurricane forecasting with a scientist at the University of Rhode Island, and visit the Alaska SeaLife Center to learn about glaciers and climate. We’ll travel to the South Pole to chat about life and work down there, and we’ll come back to America to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and learn about the science of our national pastime. It’s going to be a great series.”
   
Subaru Science in the Mountains: A Passport to Science offers programs on six consecutive Wednesday evenings from July 16 through August 20, starting at 7:00 PM. The program series will be held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center on Route 16 in North Conway Village, New Hampshire. Admission is free and open to the public. Since capacity is limited, early arrival is encouraged. Light refreshments will be served.

Subaru Science in the Mountains 2008 - A Passport to Science, is presented with support from Subaru of America, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – North Country Region, and WMWV-FM. A complete series schedule of dates, destinations and topics is included below.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information and to learn about the many benefits of membership, visit MountWashington.org.

 
Subaru Science in the Mountains – A Passport to Science    
EVENT SCHEDULE

July 16: Alaska SeaLife Center
SeaLife Center educators will discuss volcanoes, glaciers, and climate change in South Central Alaska and the Kenai Fjords.

July 23: Space Center Houston
Take a trip back in time to the beginning of space exploration with the staff of the Official Visitors Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

July 30: University of Rhode Island
Dr. Isaac Ginis, Professor of Oceanography, will offer a general overview of hurricanes, examining the tools used at the National Hurricane Center and emphasizing the use of hurricane models in forecasting.

August 6: South Pole, Antarctica
Lance Roth, a meteorologist and science technician at the South Pole, will introduce you to life at the South Pole and his work examining the Aurora Australis.

August 13: National Baseball Hall of Fame
What do the red stitches on a baseball have to do with aerodynamics? Why do some hitters choke up at the bat? Why do some players wear batting gloves? Hall of Fame educators will dig into the science of baseball.

August 20: Seacoast Science Center
The series concludes with a trip to the coast of New Hampshire for a live look at the ecology of Granite State’s rocky shores, from above and below the ocean’s surface.

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