2018 Field Trip Series – Astronomy on Lake Miccosukee with the Tallahassee Astronomical Society

OCTOBER 6, 2018
7:45 PM TO END

On the night of Saturday, October 6th, the Tallahassee Scientific Society will host a free field trip to join the Tallahassee Astronomical Society at their Lake Miccosukee telescope observatory.

We will meet on-site at 7:45 pm. Sunset is at 7:15 pm and twilight ends at 8:35 pm. There is no stated ending time.

Because group size will be limited, all interested individuals must pre-register. To do so, email Dana Bryan at dcbgbw@comcast.net and provide the names of every individual wishing to attend and your contact information. Dana will then email you back to confirm your status and to give you further information, including directions to the observation site. Any weather cancellation will also be provided to registrants through their provided contact information.

Saturn will be in good viewing position all night – we will see its striking rings and a few of its brightest moons. We should also be able to see Mars, Jupiter and its moons, and Uranus. Many galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters will be visible and visitors can expect to see meteors, as well. We will also enjoy the frog chorus from the nearby lake.

TAS members will be viewing through their observatory telescope and several other telescopes, and visitors will be encouraged to move around on the wide platform as each telescope trains on different objects throughout the evening.

2018 TSS Gold Medal Honoree Announced

The Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal, established in 2004, is bestowed annually by the Society on a scientist or scholar selected from the Tallahassee community whose career achievements in science or science education and outreach are deemed exemplary.

The Society is pleased to announce that this year’s honoree is Dr. Jeff Chanton of FSU’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Jeff is a Gulf Coast Native. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, and joined the faculty at Florida State University in the Department of Oceanography in 1989. He is a Lawton Professor, an AGU fellow, an Aldo Leopold Fellow, and has been named the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Communicator of the Year. He has authored or co-authored over 280 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and received over 65 grants and contracts to support his research. He has supervised 19 PhD dissertations, 37 Master’s theses, and 7 undergraduate honors theses. He teaches classes at the graduate and undergraduate level and is the director of the University’s Aquatic Environmental Science Graduate Program and the undergraduate Environmental Science Program.

Jeff works on a variety of research problems that involve the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide, isotopic geochemistry, permafrost thaw, oil spill carbon tracing, landfill methane emissions, and groundwater issues. He gives talks on the science of climate change to local churches, synagogues, civic groups, and government organizations, including the 2014 Florida gubernatorial candidates, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He has presented the science of Climate Change to both electric power and natural gas utility group meetings. In addition to scientific publications, he has written articles for popular magazines and newsletters, including The Florida Naturalist and Florida Wildlife.

For a complete list of the Society’s Gold Medalists – “The Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal Winners” click here.

Gold Medal Awards & Membership Social 2018

Each year the Society invites its members and their guests to attend a one-hour reception that features catered food and a cash bar. This will immediately precede the Honoree’s public presentation.

Jeff’s presentation for the evening of the Award Ceremony was entitled “Climate and Sea Level Rise – The Nuts and Bolts of an Inescapable Coastal Driver ”.

WHEN – The event took place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Reception from 6:00 PM to 7 PM (EDT);
presentation from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE – Challenger Learning Center – 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301