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Local A-level Student Does Work Experience at ICG

Local A-level student, Harry McManus from [http://www.portsmouth-college.ac.uk/ Portsmouth College] spent last week at ICG interacting with the scientists, and working on his own small project. Harry created a poster about the [http://www.lofar-uk.org/ UK contribution to LOFAR] which is hosted at Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. We hope his poster will be used widely in both ICG and LOFAR-UK outreach events as well as possibly being shown at the [http://www.intech-uk.com Intech Science Centre] in Winchester.

ICG at Eastney Arts Cafe Family Space Day

Eastney Arts Cafe Space DayEastney Arts Cafe Space Day The [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eastney-Arts-Cafe-20elevenarts/130331273699332 Arts Cafe at Eastney Community Centre] is hosting a Space Themed exhibit this month "[https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167381446668874 Journey to the Edge of Space]" (runs Aug 12th-Sept 2nd). ICG member Karen Masters (and family) attend the Family Space Day on Sunday 14th August, providing some Solar Observing, and space chat.

ICG Stargazing featured on Express FM 93.7

ICG postdoc Chaz Shapiro will be Darren Gamblen's guest this morning (14 March) on Express FM 93.7. He'll be talking about Astronomy in the City, a series of free stargazing nights at Gunwharf Quays. ICG scientists have been setting up telescopes to give the Portsmouth public a little taste of the Universe and to spark conversations about science.

Click here to download the clip (MP3, 8MB, 8 minutes): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2F75BB07

Details for Astronomy in the City: http://tinyurl.com/icg-gaze-mar2011

Daniel Thomas gives public lecture at Cafe Scientifique in Winchester

Daniel Thomas is giving a public lecture today (July 5th) in the Cafe Scientifique series in Winchester. Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context. Daniel will discuss the origin of galaxies and the evolution of the universe. More details can be found at (see also attached flyer): http://www.cafescientifique.org/winchester.htm

Astronaut visits the ICG

Today the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation welcomed Michael Good, one of the astronauts who space-walked to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope last year.

Michael gave an enthusiastically received lecture to school children and University staff, describing his recent shuttle mission to the International Space Station and showing spectacular footage shot on the journey. He then had the chance to meet students and staff at the ICG, and to discuss the excitement of working on (and in) the Hubble Space Telescope.

Daniel Thomas gives public lecture at Intech Planetarium

Daniel Thomas is giving a public lecture on 9 June at the Intech Planetarium in Winchester. The lecture takes you from the very beginning of time when the first stars have formed through eras of vivid galaxy formation many billion years ago to the beauty of today's universe filled with a zoo of galaxies of different types, sizes, shapes, and colours. The event is part of the Space Lecture Series featuring monthly scientific presentation for the public followed by a planetarium show. More details can be found at: http://www.intech-uk.com/folders/planetarium/space_lectures.cfm

Public Lecture: Mapping the Universe

Date: Monday 14 June 2010
Time: 6.00-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Richmond Building Lecture Theatre 2, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

ICG member on BBC Radio Solent

Karen Masters was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent today about the LOFAR radio telescope, which has a station under construction in Hampshire at Chilbolton Observatory.

The interview will be available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p005h9pw later today.

Nuffield Science Bursary Student at the ICG

Ben Crowcroft, a 17 year old A-level student from Portsmouth Grammar School, spent 6 weeks this summer working as a researcher at The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation thanks to a Nuffield Science Bursary. During his time at ICG Ben helped researchers Bob Nichol, Ben Hoyle, Edd Edmondson and Karen Masters in their work studying the properties of galaxies using Galaxy Zoo. Ben CrowcroftBen Crowcroft

Cosmological work experience week

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation played host to a work experience visit by Michael Jones, a 15 year old GCSE student from The Petersfield School, from July 13th to 17th. Michael spent a week at the institute in order to experience the working life of a cosmologist.
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