Dr. Jeff Goldstein

Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series: Human Exploration – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey

Anne Matthews Uncategorized

Coos Bay, OR – As part of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series, we are welcoming Dr. Jeff Goldstein of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12pm, for his talk “Human Exploration – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey”. The talk will be Livestreamed and can be accessed via https://livestream.com/swocc/physicsandastronomy2020-21, and the college’s Facebook page.  

Dr. Goldstein’s lecture “Human Exploration – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey” will investigate the inquisitive nature of humanity and how educators and citizens can support innate human curiosity throughout education. Every parent remembers that magical time when our children first began to speak, that moment marking the beginning of an unending stream of questions. In our children we can see our humanity — our innate curiosity — and recognize the obvious … that we are born to explore!

Science and more generally STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), in all its seeming complexity, is nothing but a means to organize curiosity. A way to empower one’s self to ask the gift of a question, and to hone the art that allows navigation through the noise of the universe around us in quest of an answer. It is an emotional, joyful, and wondrous journey that hopefully allows the traveler to pull back the veil of nature just a little, see how she operates, and celebrate the accomplishment.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein provides an informative and insightful discussion of curiosity and inquiry-based learning in both education and science exploration.

For more information, please contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics at Southwestern, (541) 294-5992 or via email at aaron.coyner@socc.edu. The Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series is supported in part by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.