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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!

Graduate Research Essentials Workshops

Graduate Research Essentials Online Workshop

Join us online for a Graduate Research Essentials Workshop on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Graduate Research Essentials is a 90-minute online workshop that highlights discipline-specific resources and library research strategies that can help you conduct literature searches for research projects, literature reviews, and coursework.

This session is designed for graduate students enrolled in Communication, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration programs. Attendees will learn about citation tracking and database search options, how to create alerts to stay up to date on publications, and tips for customizing Google Scholar.

To register, click the link below. You will receive a confirmation email (via your Knight’s email) by Friday, September. 21st with a link to join the Adobe Connect online meeting on Monday, September 24th.

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Questions? Please contact Corinne Bishop, Social Sciences & Graduate Outreach Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries Corinne.Bishop@ucf.edu

Graduate Workshops

Fall Graduate Workshops

UCF Libraries, in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies Pathways to Success, is offering a full slate of graduate workshops during the fall 2018 semester including Library Research & Literature Review Strategies, Planning Poster Sessions, EndNote & RefWorks: Citing Made Easy, Useful Apps All Grad Students Should Love & Use, Optimizing Your Online Presence, Where to Publish & Author Rights, and Presentation Skills.

Registration for these workshops is required and is done through myUCF (Student Center → Graduate Students → Pathways to Success)

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Summer Knights Reading Challenge

Summer Knights Reading Challenge

The Summer Knights Reading Challenge starts June 1 and ends August 1, 2018

  • Open to all UCF students, faculty, and staff.
  • It’s easy! Just track the number of pages for each unique book read using our form linked below (available beginning Friday, June 1).
  • For e-books and audiobooks, simply verify the number of pages in the actual book using Amazon or another source.
  • Reach the goal of reading 500 pages and win a prize pack!
  • All participants will be entered into weekly drawings for gift cards to BurgerFi, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Metro Diner, and Smoothie King.
  • The top three people who read the most pages overall will win grand prizes.

Enter your books on this form.

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