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New Science Programs Explore Earth and Sky at the Hudson River Museum

This month the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, introduces a new program series that focuses on astronomy and environmental science — Science Sundays. Astronomers, science writers, a geophysicist, and an artist-inventor present the newest developments that enable us to understand our universe. The programs, free with Museum admission, take place one Sunday a month at 2:30 pm, and its topics are geared to a variety of age groups. “Our new science programs reflect the Museum’s ongoing commitment to science and environmental education. One of our first collections back in 1924 was geological specimens. Our name then was the Yonkers Museum of Science and Arts,” said Museum Director Michael Botwinick. “That early commitment continues as we gather the outstanding and talented authors and scientists in our region to share their knowledge and experience with our visitors.”

September 27, 2009
The Universe of Worlds Beyond Earth. Kick off the first Science Sunday with Dr. Ben Oppenheimer, Friend of Faint Stars, who shows us planets that orbit stars other that the sun and discusses the technology needed to discover these distant worlds.  Dr. Oppenheimer, an Assistant Curator at the American Museum of Natural History, has constructed astronomical instruments for the U. S. Air Force’s Advanced Electro Optical System Telescope in Maui.

October 25, 2009
The Universe Around Us and a Book Signing. Award-winning children’s author Bob Crelin introduces us to the visible universe, and he calls us to action to save the night sky from light pollution. Following, a signing for his books There Once was a Sky Full of Stars and Faces of the Moon.

November 22, 2009
She Is an Astronomer, an open discussion with planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel and local amateur astronomer Caroline Moore, focuses on women — their role in astronomy and achievements in space science. Museum Junior Docents lead workshops that accompany the program.  Ages 8+

December 27, 2009
9 Billion People + 1 Planet.Our growing populations and their need for Earth’s resources can no longer be supplied by technology and shrinking stores of fossil fuels. Andrew C. Revkin, prize-winning author and New York Times environment reporter, discusses the choices we must make to create a stable and prosperous environment  — from the Amazon to the Arctic. Ages 10+

January 31, 2010
Mars: Beautiful, but Hostile to Life (As We Know It) Long the focus of hopes and fears that it could harbor extraterrerstrial life, the planet Mars has revealed itself to be a mysterious, beautiful, and inhospitable place. Dr. Mary Lou West of Montclair State University will take us on a tour of Mars, visiting its most spectacular locations, and detailing the many challenges any living thing on Mars would face.  Ages 8+

February 28, 2010
Radio Yonkers Is On the Air! You are part of the action in a sci-fi adventure from the golden age of radio drama! Fordham University professor Monique Fortuné takes us on a whirlwind tour of radio technology and the important role played by Yonkers’ own Edwin Howard Armstrong in the development of FM broadcasting. Then with the help of staff from Fordham’s station WFUV, we’ll stage a performance of a classic radio script, with the audience providing character voices, crowd noise, and sound effects. Ages 8+

March 28, 2010
Gravity, Energy and Space: The Art of Tom Shannon.  Wood, metal, and invisible magnetic fields are the tools of artist-inventor Tom Shannon as he makes the vast distances and invisible forces of our universe tangible. Currently developing a spherical helium airship whose entire surface is an LED video screen, Shannon holds patents for the first tactile telephone, a color television projector, and a synchronous world clock. He will talk about his work and look at the radical future possibilities for his work. Ages 10+

April 25, 2010
Astronomy Day, 2010. A Hudson River Museum annual event, it coincides with National Astronomy Day to celebrate astronomy discoveries. Performances, talks, demonstrations, telescopic sky observations, star shows, and hands-on activities. Join artist/inventor Tom Shannon this Astronomy Day to create images reminiscent of nature at its smallest and largest scales, from the subatomic to the supergalactic. All ages

May 23, 2010
Mapping the Hidden Worlds of the Hudson and the Poles.Dr. Robin E. Bell, Palisades Geophysical Institute Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University, explores unseen worlds, not in space but here on Earth. Leader of the Benthic Mapping Project, which studies sediment collection and erosion on the bed of the Hudson River, she has also mapped a range of mountains buried by the Antarctic icecap. Dr. Bell discusses the dynamics of ice sheet changes that affect weather patterns, ocean circulation, arctic life, and sea level. A Polar Fair follows: Demonstrations and activities by staff from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University and Museum Junior Docents will show the effects a change in sea level would have on the Hudson River Valley we know and love. Ages 8+

 

The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and www.hrm.org. Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-7:30 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 7:30 pm free.

The largest cultural institution in Westchester County, the Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, and seeks to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. It engages in the presentation of exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.

 

 

 



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