University Faculty Lecture will focus on "Beyond Earth"

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Mark Guy, professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, along with Timothy Young, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will present the first lecture of the University of North Dakota Faculty Lecture 2011-2012 series.

The upcoming lecture is titled "Beyond Earth: Integrating STEM* and Native Science to Enhance Learning" and will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

Mark Guy Mark Guy has been at UND since the fall of 1993. He was recently promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Originally from Red Cloud, Neb., Guy holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master's degree in education from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Georgia.

Guy has 15 peer-reviewed publications in the field of science education, focused primarily on conceptual learning and integrating technology at the elementary school level. His research has centered on science conceptual development among children and youth and the role that technology can play in promoting learning. He has had three graduate students help him with his research.

Since his beginning at UND, Guy has received two awards from the University: the UND Foundation Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching in 2008 and the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award in 2011.

Timothy Young Timothy Young, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at UND. He received bachelor's degrees in physics, math, and astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, and earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oklahoma. Before his start in 2000 at UND, he was a lecturer at the University of Arizona.

Young has done research on supernovae at the University of Arizona, University of Tokyo and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, Calif. He also completed research at Wichita State University, where he focused on red giant stars. He has more than 30 publications in research journals about his work. The Beyond Earth Project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

He is a mentor for the Rocket Team at UND and currently has two Ph.D. students working on research with him. In 2005, Young and two students predicted the discovery of the youngest black hole ever known at the site of supernova 1979C. This was confirmed by Harvard Chandra astronomers in 2010. He is looking forward to working on research with a new 20-inch telescope, which will be the largest in North Dakota.