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First Friday Astronomy Event to Feature Lecture, Stargazing

Abigail Sheffer

Boise State University’s Department of Physics will host its monthly First Friday Astronomy Lecture and Stargazing event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Science and Education Building, Room 112.

Abigail Sheffer, a senior program officer of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will speak about how science can inform policy in today’s complex and often contradictory environment.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. This work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.

At 8:30 p.m., following the presentation and weather permitting, there will be a a stargazing event on the rooftop of the Science and Education Building at the newly refurbished Boise State Observatory. Telescopes also will be set out on the plaza in front of the building, for full accessibility.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.