CSM Friday Lectures Host Former Astronaut, Feb. 18

Dr. Don Thomas kicks off the CSM Friday Lecture Series Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Conservator Discusses Excavation of World Trade Center Ship, April 15

The College of Southern Maryland spring 2011 Friday Night Lecture Series will feature presentations by Director of the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science at Towson University Dr. Don Thomas and Nichole Doub, head conservator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert County.

The spring schedule begins Feb. 18, 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, 9021 Dayton Avenue, North Beach, featuring the lecture, “Living and Working in Space: A Presentation by Former Astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas.” Thomas will offer his personal perspective on the rewards of a career in math and science. Thomas received his undergraduate degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University and his master of science degree and doctorate in materials science from Cornell University.

Thomas began his career as a senior member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Princeton, NJ and from there he went on to work for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. During his career at NASA he flew as a mission specialist on four separate Space Shuttle missions, completing nearly 700 orbits of the Earth and traveling some 17 million miles.

Thomas now serves at Towson University and heads up an outreach program targeting elementary, middle and high school student across Maryland to get them interested in careers in math and science.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland is a youth and development organization which opened in 1999 as the Calvert County Boys & Girls Club. The organization’s seven clubs serves more than 1,200 youth in Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles counties, and provides quality out-of-school programs year-round for youth ages 6 to 18. Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Doub continues the Friday lecture series April 15, 7 p.m. on CSM’s La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, with a lecture on “A Sunked Ship Under City Streets: The World Trade Center Ship,” the mystery of an 18th-century ship that was discovered beneath the World Trade Center site in New York City in the summer of 2010. Doub will explain the role conservators played in the excavation of the ship and its preservation. The presentation will be the first opportunity Doub has had to discuss the World Trade Center ship before an audience of the general public of Southern Maryland.

Doub received a bachelor of arts in classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive a master of science in conservation for archaeology and museums, and a master of art in principles of conservation from University College London in England. She has been involved in excavations in Romania, England, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, the United States and Mexico.

 Doub’s presentation is co-sponsored by The Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland celebrating Maryland Archaeology month. During Archeology month The Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland honors the state's archeological heritage by providing educational experiences for the public that promote the preservation of archaeological resources and illustrate the scientific process of the discipline. It is composed of people from all backgrounds, including professional and avocational archeologists, students and others who want to learn more about the field.

CSM’s Friday Night Lecture Series is free, open to the public and features subject-matter experts from the college and the community and provides an opportunity to build community through enriching discussions. For information, call 301-934-7703 or visit www.csmd.edu. To RSVP for Dr. Thomas’ lecture or for more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, call 410-257-0007 or visit www.bgcsm.net.

 

Calendar Listings

 

CSM’s Friday Night Lecture Series: Living and Working in Space: A Presentation by Former Astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas. 6 p.m., Feb. 18, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, 9021 Dayton Avenue, North Beach. CSM’s Friday Night Lecture Series presents Director of the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science Dr. Don Thomas who will give students a personal perspective on the rewards of pursuing a career in math and science. Free. RSVP to the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, 401-257-0007 or www.bgcsm.net. For more information on the lecture call CSM, 301-934-7703, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7703 or www.csmd.edu.

 

CSM’s Friday Night Lecture Series: A Sunked Ship Under City Streets: The World Trade Center Ship. 7 p.m., April 15, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Nichole Doub, conservator for the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, will present information on The World Trade Center ship, the mystery of an 18th-century ship that was discovered beneath the World Trade Center site in New York City in the summer of 2010. Free. 301-934-7703, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7703 or www.csmd.edu.

 

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