UNM-LA: Astrophysics Discussion For Everyone

Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning. Photo by Kateri Morris
UNM-LA News:
This fall, UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education is offering “Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone.”
This class provides a unique learning opportunity for all community members, from high school students to retirees, who have an interest in enriching their knowledge of our universe.
The class meets 3-4 p.m., Tuesdays at UNM-LA, beginning Sept. 4 and running through Nov. 20, facilitated by Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning. Lloyd-Ronning is an astrophysicist, studying deaths of massive stars at LANL, and also teaching Physics at UNM-LA.
Students will explore modern, unsolved research problems in astrophysics, in an informal, discussion-style format. Some of the classes include skype sessions with professional astrophysicists around the world. Topics for this class will be guided by students’ individual interests, and might include anything from investigating the life and death of a star to the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
“Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone” is a forum for those who like learning new things, and is open to anyone interested, regardless of his/her math and science background. High school students are particularly encouraged to register for the class. This class has been offered for the past two years, and the participants with more life experience have commented that the high school students bring a fresh perspective which challenges everyone in class to broaden their questions.
Tuition for the course is $45. Register online at losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/.
Additional questions about the format and content of the class can be emailed to Nicole Lloyd-Ronning at lloydronning@gmail.com.
UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

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