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Science Lecture Series: Dr. Lauren Ross
February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Lauren Ross presents “Harnessing the power of the ocean currents.”
How can we use currents to generate sustainable energy? What are the environmental impacts of doing so? Explore how tidal turbines can optimize energy extraction and understand how coastal environmental conditions are affected by the long-term implementation of tidal turbines. Learn how this research considers both the optimization of tidal turbine arrays and their impact on the environment, which can be applied to tidal estuaries in Maine and the tidal energy potential to create sustainable power.
Ross is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maine. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of North Florida, an M.S. in applied mathematics from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in coastal and oceanographic engineering from the University of Florida. Her research involves understanding tidal processes in estuarine and coastal environments. Ross’ research areas range from the fjords of Chilean Patagonia to the hyper-turbid estuaries of western Europe. She has helped industrial partners in Europe to determine optimal locations for tidal turbines in estuaries and understand how these turbines will alter the surrounding marine environment prior to implementation.
The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center takes place on the third Thursday of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival. It will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around the state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.
Season passes are available for the entire October 2018–April 2019 Science Lecture Series: $30 for adults, $20 for children under 12. They can be purchased by calling 581.1341, or by inquiring at the Emera Astronomy Center box office.
Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for adults, $5 for UMaine students/veterans/senior citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click here to view the calendar.
Tickets are available online at http://astro.umaine.edu, by calling 581.1341, or at the Emera Astronomy Center box office.