Press Release: Artist Cindy Pease Roe

Press Release  

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198
tforeman@mariamitchell.org  

  

Artist Cindy Pease Roe To Hold “Up-Cycling” Workshops at the  

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association 

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Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association has teamed up with the Nantucket Artists Association to bring artist Cindy Pease Roe to Nantucket. She will be holding three workshops in which participants can create their own art with plastic debris collected from the ocean and beaches. Pease Roe has combined her passion for art with her passion for protecting marine life and uses sculpture to discuss and illuminate the negative impact of plastic waste on the ocean and sealife. Plastic waste in the ocean’s ecosystem is harmful to humans who consume micro plastics found in fish, as well as over one hundred thousand marine animals that are killed by this pollution every year.  

On Wednesday, August 15, there will be a workshop to create upcycled whale sculptures. It will be held at 33 Washington Street from 9:30-11:30am and is for anyone ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for adults is $85 for MMA Members and $100 for Non-Members. For children it is $75 for Members and $90 for Non-Members.  

“Wine and Mobiles” with Cindy Pease Roe will be held twice this summer. The first event will be held on Thursday, August 9 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Artists Association of Nantucket located at 24 Amelia Drive. The second event will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 5:30-7:00pm at the MMA’s property located at 33 Washington Street. . Pre-registration is required for both these events.

Pease Roe uses plastics from the ocean to create her whale sculptures and other forms of art to spread awareness about the invasion of plastics in the ocean. Through the workshops, participants will be able to create their own art, learn more about the prevailing issue of plastics in the ocean, and leave with their own art and new knowledge with the hope that they will continue spreading the word about the problem to others. Pease Roe has held popular art workshops on Nantucket in the past.  They have been well-received and eye-opening for the participants which prompted the Maria Mitchell Association to make sure to include more of these events on its schedule for this summer.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.  

Press Release: Dava Sobel

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198,
tforeman@mariamitchell.org 

 

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association and the Nantucket Historical Association Partner to Bring Noted Author Dava Sobel to Nantucket 

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Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is co-hosting ̶ with the Nantucket Historical Association  ̶ a lecture on July 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM by Dava Sobel at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. This talk will be $25 for all attendees and tickets are available via the NHA’s website or by calling them directly at 228.1894. Sobel is the author of numerous books and articles, her most recent being The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the Measure of the Stars. She has worked as a New York Times science reporter and contributed to Harvard Magazine, AudubonDiscover, Life, Omni, and The New Yorker.  

Her newest book, The Glass Universe, was a New York Times Review Notable Book of 2017. It tells the story of the women who were hired as computers at the Harvard College Observatory from the late-1800s to mid-1900s. The director, Edward Pickering, believed that women were more conscientious and exacting workers. They worked in critical positions in the observatory and contributed to numerous scientific discoveries, including the development of the Draper Classification for stars, a star classification system that was adopted world-wide.  As photography developed, the women were able to move away from calculating and began observing the night sky themselves. These women were able to determine what stars were made of, calculate the distances between stars, and categorize the stars. Some of the women went on to discover stars and even teach astronomy at Harvard, following in similar footsteps to Maria Mitchell.  The Glass Universe has won critical acclaim. 

Sobel, an award-winning author, has combined literature and the history of science in her books, including Galileo’s Daughter, which focuses on another woman, a nun, and her relationship to religion and her father’s, Galileo’s, scientific work.  Sobel is most noted for her book Longitude – about the prize to develop chronometers in the eighteenth century that would allow longitude to be determined at sea, thus helping to reduce shipwrecks.  

Tickets can be purchased online at nha.org or by calling 508-228-1894. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.  

The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a summer Science Speaker Series on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM, which will feature astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, researchers, and others each week throughout the summer. For a full schedule and description of each speaker, please visit our website at mariamitchell.org. These events are free for MMA Members and $10 for Non-Members.  

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston. 

 

Press Release: Free Fun Fridays

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198
tforeman@mariamitchell.org

Free Fun Friday – All Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Facilities Free on Friday, July 20, 2018

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Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Associations (MMA) is thrilled to announce that all of its facilities will be open to the public for free on Friday, July 20, 2018 thanks to a generous grant from the Free Fun Friday Initiative, a program started and run by the Highland Street Foundation. Hundreds of institutions across the state will be participating in Free Fun Fridays throughout the summer, taking turns offering free admission to their properties. This includes the Boston Children’s Museum, Plimoth Planation, and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

The MMA’s Free Fun Friday will include free admission to all of the MMA facilities. At the Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium at 28 Washington Street visitors can observe and learn about local fish, crabs, and the rare blue and orange lobsters. The Natural Science Museum at 7 Milk Street is home to live animals such as turtles, snakes, and a tortoise and provides insight into the natural history and unique ecosystems of Nantucket Island. The Mitchell House, 1 Vestal Street, where Maria Mitchell was born and raised as a member of a Quaker family in the nineteenth century, provides visitors with an understanding of how Maria Mitchell’s family lived and how. Mitchell became the fiercely independent and educated woman that she was at a time when that was unusual in most of America.  The Vestal Street Observatory at 3 Vestal will also provide its 2PM-only tour free on this Free Fun Friday. And if it is a clear night that evening, people can look through the research- grade telescopes to observe the night sky at the Loines Observatory at 59 Milk Street Extension.

The Free Fun Friday Program was created by the Highland Street Foundation to increase access and enrichment programs to children in Massachusetts. All of the venues offer free admission to everyone. The program started in 2009 and since then, more than 900,000 visitors have visited the participating venues as part of the Free Fun Friday initiative.

Maria Mitchell properties are always free for members but are $10 for a property pass and $10 for Open Nights at Loines Observatory. David Gagnon, the Executive Director of the Maria Mitchell Association said that “On July 20, you can experience, learn, discover, and ignite a passion for science and history as you visit the Maria Mitchell Association’s facilities for free. Free Fun Fridays provides an awesome way to experience the science, education, and fun that the MMA has to offer.”

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.

 

Press Release: M. Darby Dyar

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198
tforeman@mariamitchell.org
For Immediate Release 

 

Mt. Holyoke Professor M. Darby Dyar to Speak at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association  

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Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a lecture on July 18at 7:00 PM by Mount Holyoke College Professor of Astronomy M. Darby Dyar. The talk will be held at 33 Washington Street and is entitled “Venus: Our Misunderstood Sister.” Dyar received her Ph.D. from MIT and is currently the Chair of Astronomy at Mount Holyoke College. She has published over 200 papers in leading scientific journals.   

Her talk will focus on the planet Venus and its similarities to Earth. Venus is similar in size to our planet and recent evidence suggests the possibility of current volcanism and plate tectonics on its surface. It also has a similar density, mass, and gravity to Earth. With possible future missions to Venus, scientists hope to be able to answer questions about the geological evolution of the planet’s surface. Focusing on the runaway greenhouse gas effect that is present in Venus’s atmosphere could provide insight into global warming on Earth, an important issue in today’s world. Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system, despite not being the closest to the sun, and its atmosphere is made up primarily of carbon dioxide  ̶ the greenhouse gas that is steadily increasing on Earth and contributing to climate change. The temperature on Venus is estimated to be about 870 degrees Fahrenheit. NASA emphasizes this as hot enough to melt lead. Despite its extreme climate, some scientists believe that at one point in the past Venus might have been habitable, making understanding the evolution of Venus important for understanding the potential future fate of our own planet. 

The Maria Mitchell Association hosts the summer Science Speaker Series each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 PM, in addition to a few other special evenings. Speakers include astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, researchers, and others. For a full schedule and description of each speaker, please visit our website at mariamitchell.org. The event is free for MMA Members and $10 for Non-Members.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.  

 

Press Release: Henry Lappen

Press Release
For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198
tforeman@mariamitchell.org

 

“A Passion for Birds” and “The Incredible Complexity of Trees”
Performances by Henry Lappen

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Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a performance entitled, “A Passion for Birds” by Henry Lappen to be held at 2:00 pm on July 10, 2018 at the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club and at 5:00 pm on July 12, 2018 at the First Congregational Church at 62 N. Centre Street.

In “A Passion for Birds,” Lappen, an environmental educator and journalist, will encourage audience participation to explore how birds adapt to their environment and how that impacts the ways that birds appear. Masks and audience participation are central to the performance. The show incorporates Lappen’s love of birds with his comedic training. The cost is $10 for MMA Members and $15 for Non-Members. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Nantucket Cultural Council which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  

Lappen will also speak at the MMA Summer Science Speaker Series on July 10th at 7:00 PM at 33 Washington Street. The talk, “The Incredible Complexity of Trees,” will focus on the inner workings of trees, including everything from hormones to sap, to a tree’s hydraulic systems. In addition to his work and interests, Lappen e serves as the chair of the Amherst, MA Public Shade Tree Committee which, “preserves, protects, and promotes town shade trees” in order to “provide beauty, shade, breathable air, pure ground water, stable soil, and habitat for wildlife.”He has spoken out on a number of issues surrounding trees, including trees versus solar panels, arguing that trees and solar panels can coexist and it is not necessary for property owners to cut down trees in order to use the sun as a power source. Trees are an important part of the ecosystem and contribute to the quality of human life as well. They capture and store carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, that is contributing to climate change, making them natural protectors of our planet and cleaners of the air that we breathe. They also help to prevent erosion and flooding, and they actually cool the air around them, as well as provide shade and habitats for bugs and animals.

The Maria Mitchell Association hosts the summer Science Speaker Series each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 PM, in addition to a few other special evenings.  Speakers include astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, researchers, and others. For a full schedule and description of each speaker, please visit our website at mariamitchell.org. The event is free for MMA Members and $10 for Non-Members.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.

 

Press Release: Dr. Suvi Gezari

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 26, 2018
Contact:  Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198
 orgtforeman@mariamitchell.com  

  

For Immediate Release: Dr. Suvi Gezari will Discuss “Hungry Black Holes” at Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association’s Weekly Speaker Series  Image result for dr suvi gezari

Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:00 PM by Dr. Suvi Gezari. The talk is entitled “Hungry Black Holes” and will be held at 2 Vestal Street in the newly opened MMA Research Center. Dr. Gezari is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Maryland and was a Maria Mitchell Observatory National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) student in 1998. She will talk about an increase in technology and surveying equipment that is changing the ways that scientists are able to study the night sky. Supermassive black holes (SMBHs), which often reside in the centers of galaxies and light up while consuming and digesting stars and gas, are being watched through the increasing capabilities of time domain observations which can help astronomers understand their mass, spin, and binarity.   

Almost everyone has heard of black holes, a mysterious part of space that brings to mind a dangerous, hovering void. Black holes, however, are actually areas that contain an incredible amount of matter, and are not an empty space, as the name seems to suggest. Most black holes are created after a supernova explosion and the resulting death of a large star. So much mass is forced into too small of a space, resulting in an incredibly strong gravitational pull that not even light can escape. Black holes can also result from stellar collisions. These black holes are even larger, about ten to twenty-four times as massive as our own sun.   

At the center of almost every massive galaxy is a supermassive black hole, the largest variety of black hole. Each supermassive black hole has a mass that is millions to billions times that of the sun. There is one at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. It is this variety of black hole that Dr. Gezari will be focusing on in her lecture.   

The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a summer Science Speaker Series on Wednesday evenings and other special evenings, such as Dr. Gezari’s on the evening of Tuesday, July 10, from 7:00-8:00 PM, which will feature astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, researchers, and others each week throughout the summer. For a full schedule and description of each speaker, please visit our website at mariamitchell.org. The event is free for MMA Members and $10 for Non-Members.  

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.  

 

Press Release: David Baron

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
508-228-9198
tforeman@mariamitchell.org

David Baron, Author of American Eclipse, to Speak in Honor
of Maria Mitchell’s 200th Birthday

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Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) will co-host a lecture with the Nantucket Atheneum on June 27th at 7:00 PM by the author and correspondent David Baron, who recently published American Eclipse. This will be a free talk at the Nantucket Atheneum. American Eclipse tells the story of three scientists racing to the west to experience a rare total solar eclipse. One of the featured scientists was Maria Mitchell as she sought to demonstrate what women were capable of in the scientific world at a time when most women were expected to remain at home in the “women’s sphere.”

Baron, formerly an environmental correspondent for National Public Radio, is an excellent and provocative speaker. He has worked as a journalist, editor, and broadcaster, primarily in public radio. His written work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles TimesDaily Beast, and the Boston Globe.  Currently he serves as a scholar in residence at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism. He has received many of the highest honors in journalism, including winning the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Journalism Award three times, as well as the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University and the National Academies Communications Award.  A dedicated eclipse chaser, Baron has traveled the continents to witness six total eclipses.

The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a different speaker on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 as part of our summer Science Speaker Series which will feature astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, professors, and doctors. For a full schedule and description of each speaker, please visit our website at mariamitchell.org.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.