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Dr. David Hurd will present “Eclipse Mania – Are you prepared?” at Kent State Tuscarawas May 5 at 6 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium. The presentation will explore the intrigue of eclipses and the basics behind them. The event is free and open to the public.
On August 21, 2017 the path of totality of a solar eclipse will pass through the heart of the United States. The last time the path of totality crossed the U.S. was in 1979 where it just went through the remote northwest. “Eclipse Mania” will give participants a sneak preview of the event and why it will be a phenomenon. The dynamics of eclipses will also be discussed, as well as NASA’s recent work in developing tactile books highlighting the upcoming eclipse and more.
With his trademark high energy and inquiry-based pedagogy, Dr. Hurd has gained a reputation as one of the region’s most engaging professors. A two-time recipient of the Educator of the Year Award at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, he is consistently nominated for a multitude of awards. In addition to his invaluable contributions in the classroom, Dr. Hurd manages the Edinboro University Planetarium and provides the local community with interactive and engaging live planetarium programs. The planetarium has received national recognition for Dr. Hurd’s inclusion of all learners in STEM objectives.
Considered a pioneer in the field, Dr. Hurd has dedicated the last 16 years to producing and implementing tactile astronomy materials for the blind and has facilitated workshops on teaching astronomy to the visually impaired. His newest book, “Getting a Feel for Eclipses” was just published in conjunction with NASA.