November 15, 2016: UO Astronomy and Research Program Update


UO Physics professor and Associate Director of the Pine Mountain Observatory in Bend, Scott Fisher, shares progress of astronomy education and research at the UO. RSVP by Nov. 10 at 503-412-3726.

Astronomy in Oregon

Boldly Going Where Few Dare to Tread!


Scott Fisher, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Director, Pine Mountain Observatory
University of Oregon, Department of Physics

In this presentation Dr. Fisher will describe and speak about a new vision for astronomy education, research, and public outreach in Oregon. Along the way he will talk about what it is like to work as a staff scientist at a modern, large-aperture telescope, and how he plans to bring cutting-edge observational astronomy to Oregon by creating education and research programs for both science and non-science majors. In particular Dr. Fisher will discuss the rejuvenation of Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO), a UO owned and operated astronomical observatory located in central Oregon. He will also talk about the Pine Mountain Observatory Remote Control Center (PMORCC), a proposed on-campus center at UO that will enable our astro-interested community (including K-12 schools and the public) to observe and take part in research being conducted at PMO.

Pine Mountain Observatory, Bend Oregon This presentation is full of images and videos that will be presented at a level that is appropriate for all levels of astronomy enthusiast. During the event we will talk about current astronomy topics and about some of the discoveries that are being made at the largest telescopes in the world. Dr. Fisher will also host a game of “Stump the Astronomer” where audience members get to ask questions about the discoveries discussed in the talk – or about any astronomy related topic!

About Scott Fisher
Professor Scott Fisher, University of OregonScott Fisher is a faculty member in the University of Oregon Department of Physics where he teaches introductory-level astronomy courses and serves as the Director for Undergraduate Studies for the department. Scott previously worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he was responsible for selecting and funding astronomy programs across the United States. Before his time in Washington, Scott was based in Hilo, Hawaii where he worked as a staff member of the Gemini Observatory, the 5th largest telescope in the world. At Gemini, he worked as an instrument scientist and as a member of the Gemini Outreach team. Scott's main area of research is searching for and studying planet-forming disks around young stars.

In addition to his love of astronomy, Scott is an amateur photographer and a Geocacher. When he is not observing, he can often be found in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or anywhere with nightlife full of bright neon lights, poker cards, and casino chips!