President's Newsletter

President’s Newsletter – August 2016


Gold Medal Ceremony and Presentation

The 2016 Gold Medal Ceremony and Presentation is scheduled for October 12th in the Planetarium of the Challenger Learning Center. This year’s honoree is Dr. Henry Neal Williams, professor in the School of Environment at Florida A&M University. He is considered the leading authority on predatory bacteria.  Currently, he is focusing on their use as an antibiotic agent to fight human bacteria pathogens. Visit the Society’s web site to learn more about our honoree. His presentation for the evening of the Award Ceremony is entitled “Hunting the World’s Smallest Hunters, the Bdellovibrionales: A 30-Year Odyssey.” Members who subscribe to the Tallahassee Democrat may recall two recent articles featuring Dr. Williams and his acclaim. We are honored to bestow our Gold Medal award to him and to have him present to our membership. A reception preceding the ceremony to honor our members is scheduled in the Challenger Learning Center classroom across the hall from the Planetarium. So we can plan food and drinks for the reception, members must make a reservation. Go to the Society’s web site and under the “News & Notes” tab make reservations to attend by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Lannutti Lecture Series

The 2016 Lannutti Lecture series will be held on November 2nd and 3rd.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend one or both of the lectures. This year’s presenter is Dr. Robert Williams, who is Astronomer Emeritus at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Williams’ research specialties are nebulae, novae, and emission–line spectroscopy and analysis.  He is a strong advocate for science education and outreach.  He has lectured around the world on recent discoveries from the Hubble Telescope and other forefront facilities on the ground and in space. He was awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Prize of the American Astronomical Society for his leadership of the Hubble Deep Field project, which revealed information about the early universe.  For this project he was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. His public Lecture will be November 2nd at 7:00 pm in the College of Medicine auditorium and is entitled “Hubble Space Telescope: Piecing Together the Universe”. The Physics Department Colloquium will be November 3rd at 3:45 PM (with free refreshments starting at 3:15 PM) in the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory, room 101 and is entitled “The Hubble Deep Field and its Legacy”.  The public is invited to the Colloquium as well.

Horizons 2017

The Horizons 2017 series is being developed and will be another outstanding season. We plan to have the program ready before the holiday season and encourage members to consider purchasing season tickets as gifts.


Volunteers Needed to Help with School Science Fairs Every fall, schools in our area hold their annual science fairs. Many teachers participate in these fairs, helping students develop quality science projects; however, many teachers (and subsequently their students) do not participate. This is because teachers feel overwhelmed and participation in the fair becomes simply one more duty they don’t have the time to undertake. TSS has been advised by those in the know that if teachers had some volunteers to assist them, they may be more likely to have an active science fair at their school. Primarily, they are looking for volunteers to help set up the night before and on the day of the fair (most science fairs take place in late fall). They also need judges and will train on the criteria for judging projects. If you would like to get involved, please contact Shelly Hatton:; 850-661-3803 This year’s 2nd Saturday Science Lab is being kicked off on October 8th.  Tony Dubin, a recently appointed board member, has agreed to chair the Science Lab committee and is also going to present at the October event.  His topic is “Gas Sylvestre:  Introducing CO2”. If you know of a youth who is even vaguely interested in science, encourage them to attend this and future labs. These are hands-on labs and are designed to raise teen attendees’ interest in science. Also, if you, or someone you know, would be available to make a presentation, get in touch with Tony. He is looking for presenters who are interested in our outreach to young people. Anthony Duben Bob Henderson, President, 850-575-6610