UNM-LA: ‘Modern Astrophysics For Everyone’ Feb. 18

Dr. Nicole-Lloyd Ronning

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education class “Modern Astrophysics for Everyone” begins Feb. 18, meeting 3-4 p.m. every Tuesday through April 28.

Facilitated by Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, this class provides a unique learning opportunity for all community members, regardless of math and science backgrounds.

Students will explore problems in astrophysics in an informal, discussion-style format. Students’ individual interests will guide topics for the class.

“I encourage anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what exactly is out there, or wondered about black holes, dark matter, or dark energy to explore out-of-this world concepts,” Dr. Lloyd-Ronning said. “Modern Astrophysics for Everyone” is a forum for all who are interested, from high school students to retirees. This class has been offered for the past three years, and the participants with more life experience have commented that the students bring a fresh perspective, which challenges everyone in class to broaden their questions.

Dr. Lloyd-Ronning is an astrophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, studying deaths of massive stars. She also teaches physics at UNM-LA.

Tuition for the course is $25. Register online at losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/. Additional questions about the format and content of the class can be emailed to Dr. Lloyd-Ronning at lloydronning@unm.edu.

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.