Western Lecture Series

Engaging speakers and scholars deliver talks on a variety of academic subjects and world affairs. Presentations are designed to expand your knowledge base, provoke thought, enhance understanding and inspire creativity. Every lecture introduces a distinct and interesting topic. Offered throughout the year, the Western Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Volcanoes, Fossils and Glaciers: A Hidden Geologic Story on the Kitsap Peninsula

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Micah Kipple
Location:Olympic College - Poulsbo (Room 105) | Directions to Olympic College

Free, registration not required. Open to the public.

A handful of beaches on the Kitsap Peninsula reveal a layer of rock with a story to tell. The Blakeley Formation, a beautifully layered stack of sedimentary layers, bore witness to when the site of present-day Seattle stood on the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier and the other modern Cascade Volcanoes had not yet risen and even before the Olympics had appeared on the western horizon. Join Micah Kipple as he walks us through time reimagining ghost volcanoes, ancient sea life and more that shaped Western Washington as we know it.
 
Presenter Bio: Micah Kipple is a recent graduate from Central Washington University holding his B.S. in geologic sciences. For the past six years he explored the Kitsap Peninsula documenting its hidden waterfalls. Micah gives multiple lectures on the waterfalls and underlying geology of the Kitsap Peninsula.

Logo for Olympic College Poulsbo. Olympic College is in bold capital letters, with three red decorative swishes it. Poulsbo is below in grey capital letters.


Photographing a Black Hole

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: David Tucker
Location: Olympic College - Poulsbo (Room 105) |  Directions to OC

Free, registration not required. Open to the public.

How do you take a picture of something that does not interact with light? Using radio telescopes astronomers are discovering personality characteristics of a super-massive black hole called Sagittarius A* in the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Collecting and analyzing data from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an array of radio telescopes located around the world, astronomers are imaging the black hole neighborhood to find out how nearby stars, gas nebulae and other celestial ‘gunk’ influence the black hole and vice-versa.

Although distances in the cosmos are measured in light-years (the distance light travels in one year), the sensitivity of the EHT telescopes is down to ‘light-days’ – an unbelievable finely tuned resolution. The resulting images are available for us to see and ponder. Join me in learning about the latest discoveries in the cosmos.

Presenter Bio: David Tucker is a retired science teacher and adjunct faculty member at Western Washington University. He worked as a grant writer and developer of digital tools and curricula. He is a recipient of the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and applied his technology training in searching for medicinal plants in the Amazon rainforest. He holds fellowships from AT&T Bell Laboratories, DuPont and Genentech.

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