Springfield, Ohio —
Wittenberg University Associate Professor of Physics Dan Fleisch will lead an Alumni Relations Lifelong Learning Lecture Series event titled “A Winter Evening Under The Stars” from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, in Weaver Observatory. The Wittenberg Guild is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. UPDATE 1/7/10: Due to inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions in the Springfield area, this event has been cancelled.
If the skies are clear, Fleisch will demonstrate how to use the 10-inch refracting telescope that was refurbished in 2003, as well as other modern astronomical instrumentation used by students and the university’s Astronomy Club. If clouds obscure the stars, Fleisch will demonstrate the telescope’s capabilities using a computer program.
Fleisch, who did radar work in the private sector for almost 20 years before joining Wittenberg’s faculty in 1998, has opened the observatory to the community numerous times in recent years, including an event in 2003 that drew more than 2,000 visitors to observe the close approach of Mars. He specializes in electromagnetic and space physics, and he is the author of the best-selling book A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equations, which examines and analyzes James Clark Maxwell and his equations, which are the basis of the field of electromagnetics.
Recipient of Wittenberg’s top faculty prize, the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, Fleisch is an expert in the areas of radar cross-section measurement, radar system analysis, and ground-penetrating radar. A member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, Fleisch received his B.S. in physics from Georgetown University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University.
To make a reservation, contact Linda Himes, events planner for advancement, at (937) 327-7432 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Written by: Ryan Maurer