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October 5, 2017 - Featured Speaker: Dr. Andrea Schweitzer

Lighting & Night Skies in Fort Collins

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Speaker Bio: Andrea Schweitzer is a data analyst, scientist and certified Project Management Professional at Fort Collins Utilities. Prior to her work in utilities, she managed national astronomy and aerospace projects funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation. She grew up in Colorado has a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked on NASA's Voyager program, and helped test one of the cameras for the Hubble Space Telescope. Her research work has been written up in publications ranging from scientific journals to the New York Times to Sky & Telescope Magazine. She is a founding member of the Little Thompson Observatory, located at Berthoud High School, and serves on the observatory board of directors.

Talk Abstract: The City of Fort Collins has a Night Sky Initiative including the best practices to reduce light pollution and optimize energy savings with new lighting and retrofits. Also learn about the updates to building and land use codes relevant to outdoor lighting, along with new research on Human-Centric Lighting and the potential health effects of artificial light at night.

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