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Keystone Concerts and Lectures Series to welcome Dr. Michael Castelaz and Citizen Science

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Posted: 09/17/2012

Dr. Michael CastelazLa Plume – The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will welcome distinguished astronomer Dr. Michael Castelaz for a presentation on “Citizen Scientists: Explore the Universe” on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center. The lecture, suitable for a general audience, will explain citizen science projects.

Citizen science, a growing trend in research, allows everyday people to help answer serious scientific questions and provide vital data to the research community. The lecture will encourage citizen scientists to focus on astronomy by classifying stars, searching for interplanetary dust particles on returned spacecraft, identifying galaxies, surveying the surfaces of planets, and searching for planets around other stars.

Citizen scientists have made countless discoveries and have helped scientists accomplish research goals that may have been unattainable by observing, measuring, and computing massive amounts of data that no single scientist could ever analyze in a lifetime.

Dr. Castelaz serves as Director of Astronomical Studies and Education at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) where he conducts astronomical research, facilitates collaborations with universities for research and education, develops instrumentation, and teaches high school and university students. Following a successful career in academics, Dr. Castelaz joined PARI in 2001.   

Dr. Castelaz earned his master’s degree in physics from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Wyoming. He has written over 50 publications, received numerous grants, and is particularly interested in the advancement of undergraduate education through research experiences.