Wednesday, September 27 –
THIS MONTH we will be joined by Dr. Jamie Lomax*, who will speak about her research on detecting the almost-invisible material around stars with polarimetry. We'll also hear from Dr. Kim Bott*, who uses polarimetry to hunt for signs of habitable worlds. Before their talks, both of our speakers are going to teach us just what the heck polarimetry is!
This month we are excited to again be hosted by Peddler Brewing Company in their large beer garden. Bring lawn chairs if you’d like to to make your own front-row seating! There will be a food truck at the event, but outside food is also welcome.
Each FREE Astronomy on Tap event features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. Most events have games and prizes to test and reward your new-found knowledge! There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably stick around for the beer.
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Speaker 1: Dr. Kim Bott
Title: The polarizing topics of aliens and habitable planets
Kim Bott is a postdoc at the Virtual Planetary Laboratory at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the use of polarimetry (measuring light that wiggles in a particular way) and advanced computer models to determine the habitability of other worlds, and whether or not they have life on them. She spends most of her free time hiking, asking biologists questions, writing sci-fi, painting, playing video games and drinking beer.
Speaker 2: Dr. Jamie Lomax
Title: Seeing Invisible Circumstellar Structures
Jamie Lomax is a postdoc at the University of Washington where she uses uncommon observing methods like polarimetry to study circumstellar environments. While explaining mass loss from evolved massive stars is the primary focus of her work, she also often dabbles in trying to understand the morphological structures and compositions of protoplanetary and debris disks. Jamie is addicted to skiing, enjoys hiking, and hates the smell of coffee despite living in Seattle.