John C. Mannone will be the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Valley Science Fair being held February 20-22 at Otero Junior College. Mannone will present his keynote twice on Feb. 22 at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre on the Otero Junior College Campus.
Mannone is a professor of physics in east Tennessee. His presentation is entitled Eyes to the Universe. Mannone’s presentation opens with a short PowerPoint entitled “The Universe is Candy,” which will provide an introduction to the sweet things in the sky and how we learn about these delights of the universe.
Astronomers have asked questions like ‘How many stars are there and how do we see them?’ Participants will see how astronomers answer such questions.
“The universe is our laboratory and we get to watch many experiments in progress with all kinds of light, especially radio-light,” said Mannone. “With our ‘radio eyes,’ we have learned more than three-quarters of what we know about the universe. We’ll learn how radio waves are produced in outer space and how they get to our detectors—the antennas—on Earth.”
Professor Mannone has advanced degrees in chemistry and physics. He is retired but teaches physics as an adjunct in area colleges in east Tennessee. After working as a research chemist for Martin Marietta for eight years, he shifted his career focus to the nuclear industry, where he had been a consulting engineer for twenty-five years. Mannone has always sought to teach wherever he goes.
In addition to the keynote address, Mannone will be presenting to OJC physics and astronomy classes on Feb. 21. He will also present a general session on exoplanets, cutting edge research, dark energy, dark matter and black holes on Feb. 21 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in McBride Hall room 137.
For more information on Mannone’s presentations, contact Sarah Petramala at 384-6974. For information on the Arkansas Valley Regional Science Fair, contact Debbie Phillips at 719-384-6863.