Community Briefs

January 21, 2004

Planetarium to host program on asteroids

Larry Marschall, a physics professor at Gettysburg College, will speak about "Hunting for Killer Asteroids" at the January meeting of TriState Astronomers.

The meeting will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the William Brish Planetarium in the Washington County Board of Education building on Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown.

Marschall's areas of research include observational studies of binary stars, very young stars, supernovas and asteroids. He is known among astronomers for his work in astronomy education, both in promoting the use of electronic cameras for undergraduate research at small observatories, and in directing Project CLEA -- or, Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy -- which develops innovative computer exercises in astronomy.

Marschall, deputy press officer of the American Astronomical Society, writes a column on science books of note for Natural History magazine and was a contributing editor to The Sciences magazine for 17 years. He is a contributing editor of Smithsonian Air And Space, among other things.

Voting equipment for blind to be displayed

The National Federation of the Blind, State of Maryland, Appalachian Trail Chapter, will host a demonstration of voting equipment for blind or visually impaired people Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The demonstration will follow the chapter's regular monthly meeting at Christ Lutheran Church at 216 N. Cleveland Ave. in Hagerstown. It will be presented by representatives of the Washington County Board of Elections. The public is invited to attend.

For information, contact Joann Gearhart, public relations director, at 301-582-2398, or Mary Jane Henson, assistant public relations director, at 301-797-3644.

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