Public Astronomy Lecture Series to be held at TJC

Published on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:22 - Written by Staff Reports

Fracking, climate change and the “God particle” are among the topics to be discussed during this month’s edition of the Public Astronomy Lecture Series at Tyler Junior College.

The event, which will focus on top science stories from 2013, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at TJC’s Center for Earth & Space Science Education, located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus.

Admission costs $5 per person, but is free for those with a valid TJC ID, according to a college news release. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Tom Hooten, director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education, will be the speaker.

Hooten is a TJC professor of physics and engineering and has degrees in physics, astronomy, and higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Vanderbilt University, according to the news release.

Started in 2004, the Public Astronomy Lecture Series continues as part of the center’s science and education outreach.

Upcoming programs include:

- Feb. 13: “To Space & Back” show premiere

- March 20: Dr. Cheri Davis, Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium

- April 24: T.J. McLemore, TJC

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