Dr. Paul Bellaire, recently a Physics Instructor in the Energy Systems Engineering Program at OSU-Cascades, leads a multimedia discussion of recent cosmic discoveries in the solar system and beyond, featuring recent images and video from astronomers and space agencies from around the world. Covering strange new observations in the Earth's upper atmosphere, to the discovery of multiple oceans in our solar system, to the detection of planets around other stars, and to the controversies concerning the expanding Universe itself, this talk should be educational for the entire family.
Dr. Bellaire earned his PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Bellaire's other degrees include his MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, his MS in Meteorology from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his BS in Physics from the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California. Prior to moving to Bend after retiring from the federal government and then working as a Physics Instructor in the Energy Systems Engineering Program at OSU-Cascades during the 2016-17 academic year, he served as the Program Director for Solar Physics in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences within the Directorate of Geosciences, at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia.