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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.


3/4/2017 to 2/3/2020

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., Feb. 3

Presenter:

Destenie Nock, PhD Destenie Nock, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Paths Toward Sustainable and Universal Electricity Access

Electricity goals around the world tend to focus on increasing social benefit through one of two avenues: increasing overall system sustainability or increasing access to electricity. These goals guide the transition of the power system. In pursuit of these goals, decision makers need modeling tools that can inform decisions, in a way that is flexible enough to include a wide range of preferences and goals. The future power plant mix of our electricity system will change, but the most sustainable solution will change based on a country’s goals. This talk focuses on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and electricity access in developing countries.

Here, we present an optimization model that can be used by decision makers to determine the best method of grid expansion to meet electricity access goals subject to system and budget constraints. The model incorporates a stakeholder’s preference for equality leading us to find that the more stakeholder’s care about equality the more they invest in transmission infrastructure. When equality is ignored, larger power plants are built near the capital city in lieu of transmission investments.

About Dr. Destenie Nock:

Dr. Destenie Nock is an Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research is focused on applying optimization and decision analysis tools to evaluate the sustainability and reliability of the electricity grid in disparate energy systems. Specifically, she uses mathematics to answer questions like “How can we make power systems more sustainable and equitable?”

In 2019, she became the first African American woman to be hired as a tenure track professor in the college of engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Nock holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to this, she was a Mitchell Fellow in Northern Ireland where she earned an MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queens University of Belfast. She holds two B.S. degrees from North Carolina A&T State University in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. In addition, she has spent time volunteering in Malawi, held internships at Argonne National Lab, the Utility Regulator of Northern Ireland, and Exxon Mobil. In her free time, she runs a research and professional development blog on her personal website opens in a new window.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

8/6/2018 to 9/3/2019

Join us for Café Scientifique on Mon., Feb. 3

Presenter:

Zolt Levay Zolt Levay
Photographer, Hubble Space Telescope

Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been exploring the cosmos for nearly 30 years. In that time, it has revolutionized astronomy with numerous groundbreaking discoveries, but Hubble has also enabled us to reimagine our perception of the universe through a wealth of spectacular, dramatic views of space in unprecedented detail. On Sept. 2, join Zolt Levay, a photographer involved with several space missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as he describes some of the most powerful images in Hubble’s gallery and how science data can be translated into colorful pictures.

Zolt Levay has been pursuing astronomy and photography throughout his career. As far back as high school, he was observing the sky and taking photographs through a home-built telescope and processing photographs in a home darkroom. Levay earned a degree in astronomy and worked with several space science missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. For over 35 years, he was professionally involved with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope mission at the Space Telescope Science Institute. For most of that time, he was responsible for translating science data into images and graphics that illustrate Hubble’s discoveries for the public and balancing science content with aesthetics.

He produced some of the most remarkable, profound, and widely distributed Hubble images and has described this work in public talks, magazine articles, books, and documentaries. Levay has also pursued a wide range of photographic interests, exhibited in galleries, and won awards in photography competitions. Currently, he is working on personal photography projects including seeking out dark, clear skies to explore the relationships between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos.


Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7–9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6–7:30 pm

Although this event is free, we ask that you register opens in a new window so that we can prepare the room and have enough food available for purchase.

A la carte menu:

  • Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
  • Chips and cookies
  • Bottled Beverages
  • Beer and wine

Register here for Café Scientifique

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