Department of Physics Seminar Series: Scott Fisher
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:15pm

SB1 107, 1025 SW Mill Street
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served


Dr. Scott Fisher
Director, Pine Mountain Observatory
University of Oregon, Department of Physics
"Astronomy in Oregon – Boldly Going Where Few Dare to Tread!"

In this presentation Dr. Fisher will describe and speak about a new vision for astronomy education, research, and public outreach in Oregon. Along the way he will talk about what it is like to work as a staff scientist at a modern, large-aperture telescope, and how he plans to bring cutting-edge observational astronomy to Oregon. In particular he will discuss Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) and the University of Oregon Remote Observatory Control Center (the UO ROCC) a planned on-campus center that will enable our astro-interested community (including academic collaborators, K-12 schools and the public) to observe and take part in research being conducted at PMO. He will also discuss a recent refereed publication on galaxy evolution that was led by his undergraduate research group.

About the speaker
Dr. Scott Fisher is a faculty member in the University of Oregon Department of Physics where he teaches introductory-level astronomy courses and serves as the Director for Undergraduate Studies for the department. Scott previously worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he was responsible for selecting and funding astronomy programs across the United States. Before his time in Washington, Scott was based in Hilo, Hawaii where he worked as a staff scientist of the Gemini Observatory. At Gemini, he worked as an instrument scientist and as a member of the Gemini Outreach team. Scott's main area of research is searching for and studying planet-forming disks around young stars.


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