Physics and Space Sciences

Public Science Lecture Series

In our monthly public Science Lecture Series we host an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science in the auditorium Olin Engineering Complex (room EC 118, see map below) on the 4th Friday of each month during the academic year. The lectures are at 8 p.m., and are followed at 9 p.m. by a public viewing session at the campus observatory on the roof of the Olin Physical Sciences Building (weather permitting). 

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"An Evening with Phil Plait and Hakeem Oluseyi

Thu Feb 26, 2015

Phil Plait in conversation with Hakeem Oluseyi. These two popular science communicators will be discussing the latest results from astrophysics, and the importance of a scientifically literate public, from 8 till 9pm. There will be a 30 minute audience Q & A session to follow. 

This free event will be in the Gleason Auditorium at a special time - Thursday Feb 26th.

Phil Plait is the host of Crash Course Astronomy, the new YouTube educational series, and he is the original "Bad Astronomer". Phil also blogs for Slate, and is the author of "Death from the Skies: The Science Behind the End of the World". 

Hakeem Oluseyi is an MLK Fellow at MIT, an associate professor of Physics & Space Sciences at Florida Tech, and has made multiple TV appearance on The Science Channel, The Discovery Channel, NatGeo, MSNBC, CNN and HBO.  


Fri Mar 27, 2015

Jamie Holder

University of Delaware.


Fri Apr 24, 2015

Spencer Fire

Department of Biological Sciences

Florida Institute of Technology

Want even more astronomy?

We now have the Melbourne Astronomical Society for local-area amateur astronomers (including students) to meet, discuss science and equipment, tips and techniques. If you'd like to join us for monthly meetings and meet other local-area amateur astronomers, please sign up for the MAS mailing list. We're meeting on the same nights as the Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. in the Physical Sciences building room 144 (the first floor towards the south doors).


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Once on campus, park in the lot adjacent to the buildings marked 1 or 2. Talks will take place in the building marked 1 (Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium, room EC 118). Observing will take place on the roof of the building marked 2 (Physical Sciences Building) weather permitting.

FIT Map Showing Location of Astro Lecture Events