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Astrophysicist Dr. Randall Smith to speak at PBSC STEAM event May 22

The Palm Beach State College Foundation will host Dr. Randall Smith from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University in a presentation titled “The Science Behind Science Fiction” at 5:30 p.m. May 22 at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. Tickets are $35 per person. PBSC faculty and staff can attend for $25 and students are admitted free.

SmithWith nearly 25 years’ experience as a researcher and scientist, Smith is working with X-ray emitting light forms to discover clues to the basic building blocks of the universe. He uses art and imagery from space photos of the cosmos to explain how scientific breakthroughs change our world. His current project includes a global collaboration called “Aesthetics and Astronomy.” More information on it can be found at http://astroart.cfa.harvard.edu/.

“The STEAM initiative is a major undertaking by the Foundation,” said Yvonne Boice, event and initiative chair. “We launched in January 2013 at a signature luncheon where we presented Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak and presented actor, John Lithgow in January 2014. We continue to ‘build STEAM’ with this series of world-class speakers.”

“The STEAM Initiative seeks to prepare students to fill the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in the STEM fields,” said Suellen Mann, foundation executive director.   “There is both a national and state conversation regarding the need for a new wave of talent for high-tech, high-demand careers.”

To register, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/foundation/STEAM. For more information, call 561-868-3450.

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