Lifelong Scholar Society

Florida Tech’s Lifelong Scholar Society is a community of curious minds who are passionate about sharing knowledge. Throughout the year, the society hosts a series of lectures. Due to COVID-19, lectures will be virtual until it is safe for social gatherings. Topics range from historical writers and contemporary art to the Florida habitat, space exploration, and more. Join us and become part of a world of exciting people!

Upcoming Lectures:

Thursday, January 20, 6 PM EST

Title: Tailwinds! A deep dive into aviation weather observations.

Description of Lecture: This lecture will discuss how aviators produce and use aviation weather observations for flight planning and real-time decision-making. Insights from past and ongoing research efforts at Florida Tech sponsored by the FAA will highlight this exploration into weather information used by pilots. 

Presented by: Mr. Michael E. Splitt 

About the Presenter: Mr. Michael E. Splitt obtained a B.S. in Meteorology at Northern Illinois University in 1986. After working at the National Weather Service in Muskegon, Michigan, he headed to graduate school in Oklahoma to continue his studies in meteorology and chase tornadoes. Mr. Splitt earned an M.S. in Meteorology (1991) and was certified in secondary science education (1992). As an assistant site scientist for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) Program Southern Great Plains Site in Oklahoma, he focused on instrumentation quality control for various sensors, including atmospheric soundings systems, surface radiometers, and surface flux systems, and water vapor sensors. He also provided weather forecast guidance for intensive observation periods, which included aircraft operations. Mr. Splitt transitioned to the University of Utah in 1998, where he worked on what is now known as MesoWest and was part of the weather support team for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He joined Florida Tech in 2003 and became faculty in the College of Aeronautics in 2016.

Mr. Splitt has published in several different areas, and his diverse research interests include:

  • aviation meteorology
  • tropical cyclone wind probabilities
  • air-sea interaction
  • meteorological aspects of thunderstorms producing transient luminous events such as gigantic jets and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes.
  • Currently involved as an investigator in the FAA PEGASUS program along with other Florida Tech Faculty.

Register for Tailwinds lecture

Thursday, February 10, 6 PM EST

Title: From brainwaves to Mars: What NASA's mission exploring human isolation for deep space taught our crew about living together better on Earth & off it

Description of Lecture: The lecture will discuss insights from a crew member of NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) Mission. I will discuss the lessons learned from a 45-day mission of isolation & confinement in a space capsule at Johnson Space Center converge with the recent findings from neuroscience and psychology about metacognition, memory, and brain states for improving optimal cognitive performance. It will be presented for a general audience level to share lessons learned from efforts for deep space exploration and how it can help us live together better on Earth & off it.

Presented by: Dr. Richard Addante

About the Presenter: Dr. Addante earned a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UC Davis as a Diversity Fellow of the American Psychological Association, then completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging with the University of Texas at UT-Southwestern Medical School, and is currently an LRP Fellow from the National Institute of Health. Additional advanced coursework has included specialized courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he is a Reviewer for many top journals in the field and is currently an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology: Neuropsychology. He is the only psychologist to crew NASA’s largest psychology study for space travel (called the Human Exploration Research Analog, HERA Mission XIV). He has been the Principal Investigator of NASA studies investigating astronaut cognition (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, NEEMO). The overarching goal of these projects is to contribute to our understanding of the psychology of long-duration space flight for exploration-class missions in the Artemis generation and beyond.

Register for From brainwaves to Mars lecture