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Dinner at Chili's Prior to PAS Meeting of Oct 5 at 4:30pm
Calendar: PAS Public Event Calendar
Event Posted By: Terri Finch  
10-05-2017 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Dinner at Chili's prior to the PAS Meeting of Oct 5
Chili's is at 7th street and Bell Rd in Phoenix
Address: 513 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022
We are meeting there 4-4:30pm

At 4:30, place your order, don't wait or you may not make it to the meeting in time.
This is a 'meet the Guest Speaker' dinner.
It's a Buy Your Own dinner.
Come enjoy dinner with PAS!

RSVP is required below to attend.
RSVP closes the day before so that Terri can call in the Reservation the morning of the meeting.

PAS Members RSVP for dinner below and Guests of PAS please email with the number in your party by the Day Before the Meeting.

Attendees for dinner:

Michele + 2
William & Terri
Sam & Frank
Mike & Ofelia
John K

Total attendance at Chili's 12 for today.
Reservation is under Finch.
RSVP'd Yes: 5
  • Don Boyd [09-15-2017 06:23 PM] - If my eye is better or if Somebody can give me a ride.
  • Paul Facuna [09-22-2017 08:26 PM]
  • Mike Marron [10-03-2017 12:53 PM] - with Ofelia
  • Terri Finch [10-03-2017 01:01 PM] - I believe William & I can join Michele for dinner before the meeting.
  • Sam Insana [10-05-2017 12:52 PM] - Sam and Frank
PAS General Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker in Room: KSC1000A
Calendar: PAS Public Event Calendar
Event Posted By: Terri Finch  
10-05-2017 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Tonight's meeting features:

Speaker: Kai Staats, Topic: LIGO - Gravitational Waves"
Change of Room - KSC 1000A Here's the link to the Campus Map.
RSVP to attend Dinner prior to the Meeting at Chili's with the Guest Speaker:
** Dinner prior to the Meeting is at Chili's at 4:30-5pm. RSVP is required for reservation. PAS Members RSVP for dinner on the Calendar and Guests of PAS please email with the number in your party by the Day Before the Meeting:

PAS Meetings are on the First Thursday of each month, Sept to May, unless otherwise noted. The January Meeting isn't on the first Thursday becuase PVCC is closed for the holidays and doesn't reopen until 2 weeks into the year.

Bring a Friend!!! Bring the whole family! EVERYONE WELCOME![/b]

We meet in the Life Sciences building LS-TBA of PVCC, unless noted differently. This meeting is NOT in the Life Sciences Building, but all the rest of the meetings this school year ARE. Please make a note of the change.
Here's the location of the KSC buildling on the PVCC Main Campus:

Here's the campus map. We enter LS Building between LS and H.

Paradise Valley Comm. College
18401 N. 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Union Hills and 32nd St.

Meeting gathers at 7pm for Socializing, setting up the Guest Speaker,
taking care of the Raffles, gathering Announcements, & snacking.

7:30 Meeting begins with a few brief announcements and then
we turn it over to the Guest Speaker. When the guest speaker concludes,
there will be the raffle drawing & any announcements that didn't get covered prior to the start of the Guest Speaker's presentation.

Most meetings have snacks and drinks available. Donations are accepted,
but not required. Bring a snack to share or donate to the snack fund. The snack fund provides the case of water each month.

The group sometimes goes to Village Inn at Bell & 40th Street - 4040 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032 for evening snacks after the meetings.

We also, sometimes, take the Guest Speaker to dinner prior to the meeting. A separate Calendar listing will be posted to collect RSVP's for attendance. Locations vary, check calendar for locations.

See you there!

Guest Speaker Line-up can be found in the Left hand column navigation bar on the main PAS webpage under "PAS Meetings."

Click here for a list:
PAS Speaker Line-up

This link takes you to a list in PDF format of our Upcoming Guest Speakers. These are the speakers we have scheduled. This list is updated as the Speakers change.


Some additional details about this meeting:

Everyone is invited to attend the following presentation to the The Phoenix Astronomical Society (PAS): A video "Seeking Supernovae in Gravitational Waves" and a presentation on the evening of October 5, 2017 at Paradise Valley Community College by Kai Staats, and Dr. Michele (mee-kay-lay) Zanolin.

Kai Staats MSc, a former president of PAS (1988-90), now engages his passion for science, astronomy, and storytelling through film. "LIGO Detection" marks his third National Science Foundation funded film for the gravitational wave observatory that detected two merging black holes in 2015. Kai has worked at both LIGO and the Square Kilometre Array, South Africa (where Kai is currently located) in the application of machine learning to data analysis. Mr. Staats will be presenting via Skype.

Dr. Michele Zanolin, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona. He leads the supernovae detection team at LIGO. Dr. Zanolin started his PhD at the University of Parma, Italy and in 1999 moved to MIT. He has been based in Prescott, Arizona since 2007 where he and his team conduct research in experimental general relativity, focusing primarily on gravitational wave detection through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Dr. Zanolin will be presenting in person.

Pertinent Information:
October 5, 2017
7:00 PM to 10PM (Introductions and presentations begin at 7:30PM and should end about 9PM)
Paradise Valley Community College
(southeast corner of East Union Hills Drive and North 32nd Street)
Life Sciences building, room KSC-1000A


PAS Meeting Oct 5 2017 Agenda
Provided by Terri, Event Manager

7:30pm Open Meeting
Brief introductions:
1) Welcome new members
2) Introduce Officers

7:35pm Introduce 2 Guest Speakers:
1) Michele
2) Kai

7:40pm Presentation Begins:
1) Michele: Brief Intro to LIGO & Gravitational Wave Astronomy
2) Kai, via Skype will introduce film (up to 30 minutes)
3) Q&A about film

Short 5 minute break

8:15-8:20 ish: 2nd Half of Presentation
1) Michele Presentation (45 minutes)
2) Q&A about presentation

Then a few Meeting items:
1) Upcoming Events
2) Raffle Drawing
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