‘We Are Stardust’ at WSU Senior University


(7/30/2018)

The Winona State University (WSU) Retiree Center’s Senior University program will host “We Are Stardust, We Are Golden” from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25; and October 2 and 16 in room 170 of the Science Laboratory Center (SLC) on the Winona State University campus.

At the beginning of the universe, the Big Bang made hydrogen and some helium. Today, 13.7 billion years later, there are 92 naturally occurring elements in the Periodic Table. All of these different atoms were created in stars that lived and died in this part of the Milky Way Galaxy long before the solar system condensed from a cloud of gas and dust. Joni Mitchell was right: “We are stardust; we are golden.” In this course, attendees will explore the chemical evolution of the universe from the Big Bang, to the formation of the Earth and moon. You will get to examine rocks from space and from Earth that help to tell this incredible story. Come and discover the universe in you!

Jennifer Anderson is a professor of geoscience at WSU where she has taught astronomy and planetary geology, among other things, since 2005. She is a broadly trained planetary geologist with a background in astronomy and physics. Anderson is passionate about communicating science with anyone who is interested in exploring their universe and is blown away by the fact that every molecule of hydrogen in her body is 13.7 billion years old!

The cost to attend this course is $40, and registration is online at https://mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/219/program_id/37/subcategory_id/619.

Senior University is open to all adult learners in the Winona community, not just WSU retirees. The program is a series of non-credit short courses that are peer-led by WSU faculty, retirees and community members. The goal is to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth for lifelong learners. Courses cover current events, history, philosophy, science, art, poetry, wellness, nature, politics, literature and much more.

For more information contact the WSU Retiree Center at 507-457-5565 or visit the center website at http://www.winona.edu/retiree/senioruni.asp.

 

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