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Explore Mars August 24

Explore Mars!

Man on Mars: Mission to the Red Planet
Friday, August 24th
1:00 pm
John C. Hitt Library Room 223

Horizon goes behind the scenes at NASA to discover how it is preparing for its most ambitious and daring mission: to land men – and possibly women – on the surface of Mars. It’s over 40 years since Neil Armstrong made the first human footprint on the moon. But getting to the red planet would involve a journey of at least three years.

Horizon meets the scientists and engineers who are designing new rockets and space suits, and finding ways to help astronauts survive the perils of this long voyage. It turns out that having the ‘right stuff’ for a mission to Mars might not be quite what you expect.

 

Discussion immediately following the film led by Dr. Kevin Cannon, our own UCF Mars expert, on the topic of “Why Does Mars Exist, and Why Should We Go There?”

Mars, the small frozen desert planet, is the way it is and couldn’t be any other way…right? But what if we look back with billions of years worth of hindsight, and apply a bit of chance and probability. If we do so, we will find that Mars very easily might not have formed at all, or could have ballooned to the size of the Earth and evolved quite differently than it did. The discovery of thousands of exoplanets allows us to see how those alternate realities did play out around distant stars, and gives insight into our own red planet. But should we go to Mars? Is it worth the cost and risk, especially with so many pressing problems back here on Earth? The potential rewards are immense: a sustained human-led science campaign at Mars is the best chance we have of answering fundamental questions about the origin of life in the solar system, and determining how rare life is in the universe as a whole. The challenges and accomplishments associated with sending humans to Mars may also inject a bit of hope and existential meaning into a society that increasing needs it.

 

Knights Under The Stars Viewing Mars
Friday, August 24, 2018
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Memory Mall

All are welcome to drop by Memory Mall to take in a telescopic view of Mars during its wonderful viewing season, the best since 2003. We will set up several telescopes to give everyone a chance to see what’s going on on the surface of Mars. We will also have telescopes trained on Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn as well, for a multi-planet viewing bonanza. Some things to note:

  • There is no need to stay for the whole two hours, nor any need to come right at 8:30. In fact, the wait times will probably be shorter later in the session.
  • The event is on Memory Mall, not at the observatory itself.
  • This observing session is weather-dependent, and we will announce on our websiteFacebook, and Twitter about whether the clouds will allow us to hold the event.

 

Check out our guide for additional resources on Mars: guides.ucf.edu/mars

Summer Knights Reading Challenge

Summer Knights Reading Challenge – The Winners Are!

The Summer Knights Reading Challenge ended on August 1, 2018.

189 UCF students, faculty, and staff participated in the challenge.

A total of 543,014 pages were read.

1st Place: Amazon Kindle Voyage (courtesy of UCF Tech Product Center) was awarded to Katie Kirwan

2nd Place: 6” Amazon Kindle (courtesy of UCF Tech Product Center) was awarded to Meena Roberts

3rd Place: $50 Starbucks gift card (courtesy of Starbucks located at 895 N. Alafaya Trail) was awarded to Taylor Shepard

4th Place: $25 Longhorn Steakhouse gift card (courtesy of UCF Libraries) was awarded to Shawn Livermore

 

Thanks to all of the participants in the Summer Knights Reading Challenge!

Hidden Artists Exhibit, August through September 2018

Hidden Artists Exhibit

You might find them in front of the classroom or in the office down the hall and yet never suspect they make art. They are “Hidden Artists”. Hidden Artists is a group of UCF faculty and staff from various departments who create art on their own time. Founded by Judy Bragg Pardo, retired Senior Art Specialist at SDES, Hidden Artists have exhibited at the John C. Hitt Library since 2008.

Now on its 11th year, the Hidden Artists Exhibit is on display at the John C. Hitt Library Main Floor, with the assistance of Special Collections & University Archives. Artwork on display include a variety of styles, subjects, and mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, and mixed media. The exhibit features the talents of Maribel Amaro-Garcia, Kimberly Berry, Gina Clifton, Pamela Williams Gruen, Dawn Herrod, Meredith Malkin, Russ Muller, Judy Bragg Pardo, Brian Pate, M.C. Santana, as well as library staff members Jacqui Johnson and Chris Saclolo. The exhibit will run until September 28, 2018.

There will be a reception for the exhibit that is open to the public on Thursday, September 13th from 4 pm to 6 pm in the John C. Hitt Library, room 223.

ARC Interior Row

The ARC in Action

Our robotic arms in the new Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) at the John C. Hitt Library are in the final stages of testing before they become fully operational. Once testing is complete, we will begin transferring UCF’s collection of books from the John C. Hitt Library into the ARC.

When the 21st Century Library project is complete, 1.25 million volumes will be contained in the ARC. About 300,000 volumes will remain on open stacks for browsing. Virtual browsing will be made available.

Welcome for International Graduate Students

Please join us for a coffee and conversation style event to learn how the UCF Libraries support our international graduate students and their research. This two-hour orientation is designed for new and returning international students. Resources and services for both online and in person support will be introduced. In addition to learning about the Libraries’ collections that will primarily support your research and teaching, attendees will learn about the Subject Librarian Service Model at UCF and have the opportunity to meet with the librarians in their subject areas.

 

Refreshments will be provided.

  • Where: John C. Hitt Library (main campus), Room 223
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

 

Please click the link below to register – (or copy and paste the link into your browser).

International Graduate Student Registration

 

For questions about registration, please contact mintong@ucf.edu or corinne.bishop@ucf.edu

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