Friday Night at FIU

Past Lectures at FIU

FRIDAY, MARCH 20th 2015, 8 p.m., Southern Cross Astros are proud to welcome premier guest speaker Dr. Scott Bolton, Associate V. President,  Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bolton is Principal Investigator for the Juno Project, another segment of the NASA New Frontiers Program where he also oversaw the launches of the New Horizon Mission to Pluto and IBEX.. He was co-investigator for the NASA  Cassini and Galileo Missions and now manages the coordination and development of future NASA missions and proposals at SWRI. 


Prior to his current position Dr. Bolton was a senior scientist and project manager for 25 years at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, California where he was responsible for spacecraft development at Lockheed-Martin, development of spacecraft design, launch vehicles,  analysis of scientific instruments in the Juno Mission. He began his interest in space science at the University of Michigan. He has more  than 30 years experience in the field of aerospace and space engineering. Dr. Bolton leads several educational programs for developing science, math and art skills for students in elementary to high school. He has produced several musical concerts, art exhibits, scientific document, videos and appeared in several space science documentaries aimed to motivate children into their academic studies.

Come to the FIU Physics Building, CP-145 lecture hall, Modesto Maidique campus to hear the latest updates of the Juno and New Horizon Missions. The free SCAS program includes prizes, discussions with top level speakers and food buffet. Park in visitor/faculty slots in the campus Red Garage west of Southwest 109 Avenue/8 Street. Follow the SCAS signs across the patio to CP-145. 305-661-1375


FRIDAY,14th, 2014 8 p.m. 

FIU research astronomer, Dr. James R. Webb, will present Ancient Astronomy, a review illustrating ancient civilizations and their earliest recognition of celestial constellations, planetary motion depicted in artwork, sculpture and temples. The FIU lecture is scheduled in the FIU Physics Building, CP-145 lecture hall, Modesto Maidique campus.Suitable for adults, middle school-college students.  Call 305-348-3964 for more information




FRIDAY, 21st, 8 p.m. 

Southern Cross Astros host popular speaker, retired NASA engineer RUSSELL ROMANELLA, presenting

his dynamite program THE FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION. A retired payload director for the fleet of NASA Space Shuttles for 30 years at Kennedy Space Center, Florida,, he has developed a treasure of scientific knowledge, and vision, friendships with astronauts, and the spirit to motivate students to a career in some exciting phase of NASA Space Exploration. Great program for adults and students of all ages. SCAS programs include prizes, food buffet, and time to visit with distinguished speakers. SCAS: 305-661-1375




MONDAY, 24th, 8 p.m. FIU astros will host a special free program for guest speaker DR. SCOTT BOLTON, V. President of the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX in the Stocker AstroScience Center -Observatory behind the FIU Chem.-Physics Building, Main campus. Dr. Bolton is principal investigator for the Juno Project within NASA's New Frontier Program.  He was scientific manager at JPL for more than 25 years supervising the NASA Missions:  Cassini, Galileo, New Horizons and IBEX. He has authored more than 250 scientific papers, 5 book chapters and has appeared on 7 space science documentaries. For adults, middle school - college students.  305-348-3964.


Park in the campus garage, west side of SW 109 Ave./8 St. and proceed across the campus street, through the patio under the new science building and straight ahead to CP-145---OR through the CP Building rotunda to the Stocker AstroScience Center Observatory 1st floor auditorium behind the Physics Building.