Lifelong Scholar Society

Lifelong Scholar Society

Thursday Night Lectures

How do you spend your Thursday nights? Stuck on the couch, watching the same old television show or surfing the web to find something new and interesting? Put down that remote and step away from the keyboard. The Lifelong Scholar Society is where you need to be!

The Thursday Night Lecture Series gives you the satisfaction of stimulating the brain without the worry of attending a college course. Every other Thursday evening, you will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished Florida Institute of Technology professors and local experts of their respective fields. Plus, you'll get to know fellow members and guests. 

Florida Tech Research Park and the Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
1050 West NASA Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901

6PM | Select Thursdays

Guest admission: $20 | Members admission: $10

Click on the dates below to register and for complete event information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Lectures


Exploring the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest
Aug 22, 2019



Dr. Bush discusses his partnership with the National Geographic Society to investigate the impact of climate change and volcanic activity on the cultural history of human inhabitants of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.


Presented by: Dr. Mark Bush


Florida Tech Robotics Mining Competition
Sep 12, 2019



Dr. Ronnal Reichard will showcase Florida Tech’s competition in NASA’s annual Robotic Mining Competition. In this competition, college students design and build a mining robot that can travel on simulated Martian terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collection bin within a 10 minute time period. In addition to crowning winners, NASA also uses this contest to develop ideas and solutions from the teams that could be applied to a real future excavation of asteroids or on Mars.


Presented by: Dr. Ronnal Reichard


Redeeming Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy
Sep 26, 2019



Whether you love them or hate them, Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit movies (2012-2014) have become a permanent fixture in the world of pop culture. Moviegoers who were once willing enough to forgive Jackson for some of the drastic changes and cuts (alas, poor Tom Bombadil!) in his Lord of the Rings trilogy feel a lot different about his decision to transform a two hundred and fiftyish page children’s novel into a seven-and-a-half-hour trilogy. While these three movies may not have been as carefully planned as The Lord of the Rings films (2001-2003), a lot of the scenes are filmed very well, and Jackson provides some important background information that a casual viewer might otherwise miss. In this presentation, short clips will be shown from each of the three films as we follow our companions on their journey there and back again through Middle Earth.


Presented by: Dr. Melissa Crofton


Animal Cognition at the Zoo
Oct 10, 2019



Dr. Proctor discusses the collaboration between Florida Tech and Brevard Zoo while highlighting the fascinating research being done with their animals. This includes lemurs using touchscreens, spider monkeys’ planning abilities and the recent renovation making Brevard Zoo a leader in studying animal cognition.


Presented by: Dr. Darby Proctor


Solar Wind Turbulence Near the Sun and the Parker Solar Probe
Oct 24, 2019



Launched from Kennedy Space Center in August, 2018, NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun. PSP will swoop closer to the Sun’s surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions. The spacecraft will come as close as 3.83 million miles (and 6.16 million kilometers) to the sun, well within the orbit of Mercury and more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before. Dr. Perez will discuss his research on solar wind turbulence near the sun and the Parker Solar Probe mission work on the theoretical understanding of solar wind turbulence near the sun.


 Presented by: Dr. Jean Perez




* You must be a member to attend events at the discounted membership rate; otherwise, you will be asked to pay for a membership or pay the remainder of the nonmember rate before you can attend events.
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