- AOSS Graduation Celebration
- Spring Engineering Graduation Ceremony
- Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse
- Special Seminar
- Bike to Work Day
- Tech Twilight
- Special Seminar
AOSS Graduation Celebration
May 1, 2015 - 2:00 pmclose
Spring Engineering Graduation Ceremony
May 2, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Tickets are not required for students or guests. However, students are asked to register to attend the ceremony.
Students are asked to enter Crisler Center through the north tunnel entrance which is located on the north side of Crisler Center, adjacent to the Michigan Stadium. They should proceed to their department seating on the main floor where they will find a name reader card on their chair. The card is to be filled out before coming to the stage for recognition. Students are to wear academic attire to participate in the ceremony. The tunnel entrance will open to students at 1:15 pm. Students are asked to be in their seats by 2:15 pm.
Guests will enter through the main entrances and proceed to their seats through the concourse level. The main entrances will open at 1:15 pm. Handicap-accessible seating is available.close
Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse
May 13, 2015 - 8:00 am
This 2015 Michigan Meeting is a culmination of an 18 month dialogue on an issue of interdisciplinary and global importance: the engagement of the academy in creating informed decision-making with the public and political realms. In particular, we are interested in stimulating a dialogue on faculty attitudes and best practices that cover a span of external engagement activities, including but not limited to: Congressional testimony, assistance to government agencies, board service, public presentations, media interviews, K-12 education, blogging, editorial writing, social media and political activism — all activities that lie outside the “standard” notions of scholarly pursuits.
What is the role of the academic scholar within the discussions of the global challenges that are relevant to society, such as sustainability, health care, gun control, fiscal policy, international affairs, etc.? How do scholars engage in a world in which knowledge is becoming democratized through social media and the proliferation of knowledge sources (both credible and biased) clouds public debate? What are the social, professional and institutional obstacles to such engagement?
In addressing these questions, this meeting builds upon two preliminary activities that provide its foundation: (1) A survey of attitudes among University of Michigan faculty around academic engagement in public and political discussion that was conducted in the fall of 2013; (2) A series of three brownbag lunches for faculty to discuss their experiences, desires, and/or fears in engaging in public and political discussion were conducted in the winter of 2014. With these preliminary activities completed, we are now convening a national conference on the role and rules of engagement for academics to enter public and political discussion.
This conference is made possible by the sponsorship of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. The Michigan Meetings are a series of annual inter-disciplinary meetings of national and international scope on topics of broad interest and contemporary importance to both the public and the academic community. Supplemental support for this conference is also provided by the Erb Institute, the Graham Institute, the Michigan Energy Institute and the Risk Science Center.close
May 14, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Dr. Scott McIntosh, NCAR's High Altitude Observatory Director, will present, "A New ‘Sense’ Of The Solar Interior."
The Sun’s interior is hidden from direct observation by the immense plasma densities that make it impossible for photons to escape and reach our telescopes. Over the past decades our community has resolved to use a seismic analysis of waves trapped in the solar interior that can be derived from their “surface” signature. This ingenious application - “Helioseismology” - has provided great insight into the Sun’s interior, but has its limitations. I will discuss observational research that has taken more than a solar cycle’s duration to come to fruition. This approach, using an ever-present feature of the outer solar atmosphere, offers serendipitous insight into processes that govern the short and long-term evolution of our star. Indeed, the patterns visible to us present a door into the processes that drive space weather, determine the duration of a solar cycle and possibly even indicate the onset of a new grand minimum of solar activity.close
Bike to Work Day
May 15, 2015 - 7:00 am
AOSS is celebrating National Bike to Work Day with free bagels and beverages for bike riders!
Come and enjoy a bagel, get to know other cyclists and share your favorite trail maps with new friends.
Bike to Work Day is part of the Commuter Challenge, a competition that encourages employees throughout Ann Arbor to try alternative commuting during the month of May.close
May 15, 2015 - 6:30 pm
Come to Tech Twilight at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of marvelous innovations, including a look at the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission.
Tech Twilight is an exciting community learning experience and is an ideal way to meet, interact with and learn from companies, students and innovators.
Through interaction with area entrepreneurs, innovators and the creative community, Tech Twilight inspires young people to pursue careers and to develop life-long interests in the sciences, technology and engineering.
Adult tickets are $12, student and children tickets are $6.
About CYGNSS: the CYGNSS mission aims to improve extreme weather prediction. CYGNSS will use a constellation of eight small satellites carried to orbit on a single launch vehicle. In orbit, CYGNSS’s eight micro-satellite observatories will receive both direct and reflected signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. The direct signals pinpoint CYGNSS observatory positions, while the reflected signals respond to ocean surface roughness, from which wind speed is retrieved.close
May 22, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Assistant Research Scientist Darren McKague will present a special seminar titled, "GPM Science and GMI Engineering: Connecting Science Goals to Implementation Details."
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international mission led by the US (NASA) and Japan (JAXA) to provide global observations of precipitation. Specific goals of GPM include improved knowledge of the Earth’s water cycle and its link to climate, a more complete understanding of precipitation dynamics for rain and snow, new insights into storm structure and large-scale atmospheric processes, and improved capability for monitoring and predicting weather. These goals drive the mission design, which includes a constellation of ground based, airborne, and space-borne instruments, as well as the infrastructure and algorithms to process the data. High quality science requires high quality systems design from the top level mission architecture down to the details of how the elements of that architecture are engineered. One of the primary space-borne elements of GPM is the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI).
In this presentation, I will discuss GPM science goals, how they drove GMI design, and how they drive the way data from the various elements of the GPM constellation are integrated. I will highlight innovations in the GMI calibration subsystem and in microwave radiometer data processing that enhance the science of GPM and will show some ways we are using these improved data to better understand key weather and climate variables.close