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History of thermal imaging topic for Feb. 5 Science on Tap

February 2, 2015

The monthly Science on Tap discussion will be held Feb. 5 and will feature a presentation by Stephen Myers, a research scientist at SKInfrared in Albuquerque, who will present "Beyond Red: A History of Thermal Imaging."

The event will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Yanni's, 3109 Central Ave. NE.

Myers, who received a Ph.D. from UNM in nanoscience and microsystems in 2013, will discuss how thermal infrared imaging has had an extensive history intertwined with some profound discoveries leading to modern physics. Examples include research in infrared detectors, which has had a tremendous impact on military and defense applications. Also, infrared images are impacting civilian life, including in medical imaging, building maintenance, and the mobile device market.

In this discussion, Myers will discuss how infrared imaging was accidentally discovered to how it is enabling users to see in the dark, like a predator, with a smartphone.

The next Science on Tap will be March 5 and will feature a talk called "Getting Men to the Moon: Behind the Scene Stories" by local author Loretta Hall.

Science on Tap is co-hosted by Explora, UNM, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.