CLASP Speaker Series
CLASP is an outreach initiative of University of Houston-Clear Lake created to encourage life-long learning through free monthly presentations that involve and engage community members of all ages in a wide variety of topics. These presentations are open to the public. For events at UHCL, free parking is available in the Visitors Lot. Speakers, presentations and locations are subject to change.
The Lived Experience of Autism
Thursday, April 23, 2020
2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST
Topic of Discussion
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with us as two speakers deliver a candid and engaging discussion centered on the experiences of parenting a child along the autism spectrum and living along the autism spectrum. Prepare to learn and be moved by this compelling event.
Presenter: Judy Blake, leadership & advocacy coordinator of Family to Family Network and board member of LoneStar LEND; and Andrew Bennett, research assistant at UHCL
The Curiosity Rover: A Day and Life on Mars - Online via Zoom
Thursday, May 21, 2020
2 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom
Topic of Discussion
The Curiosity Rover, of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, has been rolling across the hills inside Gale Crater for over 7 years. Since landing, it has traversed about 20 kilometers and now is part-way up the mountain in the center of Gale, named Mt. Sharp. Dr. Treiman will present some background about Mars and the MSL mission, a taste of daily operations, and the team’s successes toward Curiosity’s main goal: the search for evidence of habitable environments in Mars’ distant past. The rocks it now sits on formed in a shallow fresh-water lake – habitable but no signs of life (including no frogs, lizards, statues, or dead aliens).
Presenter: Dr. Allan Treiman is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. He studies planetary materials, particularly Moon rocks and martian meteorites. From these rocks, he teases out the early histories of the terrestrial planets. His current work includes a focus on Mars mineralogy, as a Co-Investigator with the CheMin instrument on the Mars Curiosity rover.
Note: You must have Zoom installed on your device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc) and have a registered account to view this presentation.
CEP Credits Available
If you are a K-12 educator or administrative professional and wish to receive CEP hours for attending this lecture, please contact the Center for Educational Programs (CEP) office at CEP@uhcl.edu and include in your email the following: full title of CLASP lecture, date of event, your first and last name, and phone number.