Discovery Days

Celebrating all things research at the University of Arizona!

Schedule

Friday, Feb. 16

6:30 p.m.

Public Talk – Exploring Black Holes: A Worldwide Effort

This talk by Feryal Ozel will focus on a UA-led PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) project that will revolutionize worldwide efforts to study black holes. The project will support the Event Horizon Telescope in its aim to obtain the first-ever images of black holes and to test Einstein’s theory of General Relativity; integrate researchers in the U.S., Germany, Mexico, and Taiwan; and usher astronomical projects into the era of big and distributed data science. Doors open at 6:15. Tickets are required. For free tickets, please click here

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

6 to 9 p.m.

Steward Observatory Celebration

Steward will present two days of activities including a stargazing event at the Clark and White Telescopes. Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, Chris Impey, will be giving a lecture on the history of Steward. More information: https://www.as.arizona.edu/openhouse

Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Noon to 4 p.m.

Ansel Adams Celebration

Join the UA’s Center for Creative Photography for an afternoon of Ansel fun! Activities include the opening of Ansel Adams: Performing the Print, self-guided archival object tours, cake, vintage camera display, and hands-on family activity. The afternoon also features a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning Photojournalist, David Hume Kennerly, a friend of Ansel Adams. More information: https://ccp.arizona.edu/exhibitions/events/ansel-adams-celebration

UA Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Rd.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Steward Observatory Celebration

Steward will present two days of activities. Saturday’s events include activities for children, panel discussions, solar observing and tours of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab. More information: https://www.as.arizona.edu/openhouse

Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave.

Monday, Feb. 19

8 a.m.

Campus Scavenger Hunt

Organized by the UA’s Institute of the Environment and ASUA Students for Sustainability, the photo-based scavenger hunt begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 19 and ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 21, giving participants three days to find and answer clues related to the environment and sustainability across campus, all while vying for 100 prizes and extra credit for select UA courses. More information and rules & guidelines.

UA Campus

7 p.m.

UA College of Science Lecture – Machine Influencers and Decision Makers

Jane Bambauer, professor of law at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, will explain how machine learning is shaping human lives in both obvious and subtle ways. Important economic and legal decisions about credit, employment, and criminal justice are already made with the aid of complex algorithms, raising difficult questions about whether machines can make decisions that are accurate and fair. Machine learners can become biased when the programmed objectives or the training data used to teach the algorithm are flawed. On the other hand, machines have some advantages over humans since they do not apply pre-existing assumptions and can more quickly recognize unexpected patterns. Machine learning also affects the human experience by creating advertising, suggestions, chat-bots, and even auto-generated news articles tailored to the individual. The government has some power to constrain artificial intelligence, but there are practical and constitutional limits to legal interventions. More information: http://cos.arizona.edu/connections/humans-data-and-machines

Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

 

7:30 p.m.

Steward Observatory Public Evening Lecture Series – LSST: Mapping the Universe 

Since September 1922, Steward Observatory has been hosting free public evening lectures and telescope viewings. Systems scientist Chuck Claver will talk about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The goal of the LSST project is to conduct a 10-year survey of the sky that will deliver a 200 petabyte set of images and data that will address some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe. Learn more: https://www.as.arizona.edu/public-evening-lecture-series

Room N210 of Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

UA Core Facilities Fair

University of Arizona Core Facilities Fair. Learn how UA Cores – highly specialized testbed facilities available for use by faculty, students, and scientists in government and industry – can impact your research. Featuring vendor presentations on emerging technologies, faculty/staff presentations, poster presentations focused on UA RDI Cores and related UA Core Facilities, and a keynote address from Dr. Roberta Diaz-Brinton, director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science. Register today at www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-ua-core-facilities-fair-tickets-40944875224

Keating Building, 1657 E. Helen St.

6 p.m.

Confluencecenter’s Show & Tell Grad Night

What does street theatre about climate change in Bangladesh have to do with indigenous community language revitalization and transgender sex workers in Greece? They're all subjects of inquiry of the 2017-2018 Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Graduate Fellows! Join us as Fellows share these stories and more from their interdisciplinary research experiences in a rapid-fire presentation style. Show & Tell is a public multimedia presentation where Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry researchers and students present their creative, interdisciplinary research. More information: http://confluencenter.arizona.edu/

Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E Congress St.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student Showcase 2017-18

From carbon to choreography, our students at the University of Arizona are performing industry-leading research. About 100 students participate in this exhibition of undergraduate and graduate scholarship demonstrating the wide spectrum of University student research projects. Student Showcase offers students a significant forum for communicating the importance of their research to the broader University of Arizona community. More information: https://gpsc.arizona.edu/student-showcase

UA Mall

4:30 to 8 p.m

Rekindling the 7th Fire

Join us for a special event with Greg Cajete, Ph.D., Santa Clara Pueblo scholar and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Cajete is the author of numerous books about the Native perspective on science and education and will speak about his work and his latest book. Dr. Greg Cajete’s 2015 book concerns the importance of community as the foundation and lifeblood of Indigenous education as well as the path to sustainable ways of life.

Keating Building, Room103, 1657 E. Helen St.

 

Thursday, Feb. 22

Noon to 8 p.m.

Explore UA Museums: Free Admission

Spend an afternoon viewing world-class collections and exhibitions at one of the three UA museums. Free admission from noon to 5 p.m., followed by the Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Arizona Museum of Art!

   Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University Blvd.

Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol'ovi

Paths of Life:American Indians of the Southwest

The Pottery Project: 2,000 Years of Pottery-Making Traditions in the Southwest 

Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art

   Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Rd.

Courting Failure, Embracing Risk: Mark Klett and Collaboration

   UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Rd.

Our Stories: Mapping Q

You Are Here: Mediated Understanding of Our World

In Transit/En Tránsito

X, Y, Z: Art in Three Dimensions

The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo

6 p.m.

Lecture – Flight, Fantasy & Freedom on the Frontiers of U.S. Empire

Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture 2018: Flight, Fantasy & Freedom on the Frontiers of U.S. Empire by Ronak K. Kapadia, assistant professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This talk advances queer, feminist, anti-colonial, and indigenous modes of thinking about the futures of Palestine at the borderlands of U.S. empire. Kapadia argues that a queer feminist analyis of visionary aethetics in the work of London-based Palestinian visual artist Larissa Sansour provides an alternate lens though which to understand the “facts-on-the-ground” of contemporary U.S./Israeli security policing and counterinsurgency warfare in Palestine. By closely reading her science fiction film trilogy series as a form of knowledge and critique, Kapadia questions what speculative architecture, outer space, and Arab futurisms together might yield for thinking Palestinian liberation and indigenous sovereignty otherwise. The talk further probes the speculative ends of U.S. empire and its forever wars of security and counterterrorism. More information: https://lgbt.arizona.edu/events/ilgbt-ilgbt-studies-miranda-joseph-endowed-lecture-2018

Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Rd.

7:00 p.m.

"You Are Who I Am Talking To": Bagley Wright Lecture Series at the Poetry Center

Terrance Hayes, Joshua Beckman, and Dorothea Lasky read from and talk about their lectures, introduced by Matthew Zapruder. Since 2013, the Bagley Wright Lecture Series has provided leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. For the first time, lecturers Dorothea Lasky, Joshua Beckman, Timothy Donnelly, Terrance Hayes, Rachel Zucker, Srikanth Reddy, and BWLS director Matthew Zapruder, will gather to read from their lectures, reflect on this unique process, and talk about what comes next. Visit poetry.arizona.edu/BWLS to learn more about daytime offerings, including panel presentations.

UA Poetry Center, 1508 Helen Street.

Friday, Feb. 23

1p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bagley Wright Lecture Series visits Tucson. Since 2013, the Bagley Wright Lecture Series has provided leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. For the first time, lecturers Dorothea Lasky, Joshua Beckman, Timothy Donnelly, Terrance Hayes, Rachel Zucker, Srikanth Reddy, and BWLS director Matthew Zapruder, will gather to read from their lectures, reflect on this unique process, and talk about what comes next.

  • 1pm-2:30pm Panel: Poetry + Social Engagement with Terrance Hayes, Timothy Donnelly, Rachel Zucker, Matthew Zapruder (Mary Dearing Lewis Garden-Poetry Center)
  • 3pm-4:30pm Panel: Poetry + Practice with Srikanth Reddy, Dorothea Lasky, Joshua Beckman (Mary Dearing Lewis Garden-Poetry Center)

UA Poetry Center, 1508 Helen Street.

7 p.m.

"You Are Who I Am Talking To": Bagley Wright Lecture Series at the Poetry Center

Terrance Hayes, Joshua Beckman, and Dorothea Lasky read from and talk about their lectures, introduced by Matthew Zapruder. Since 2013, the Bagley Wright Lecture Series has provided leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. For the first time, lecturers Dorothea Lasky, Joshua Beckman, Timothy Donnelly, Terrance Hayes, Rachel Zucker, Srikanth Reddy, and BWLS director Matthew Zapruder, will gather to read from their lectures, reflect on this unique process, and talk about what comes next. Visit poetry.arizona.edu/BWLS to learn more about daytime offerings, including panel presentations.

UA Poetry Center, 1508 Helen Street.