For this month's science talk, Professor Bodhi Rogers is our Speaker and his topic is titled: Happens when Physics, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation Mash-up?
Imaging tools such as ground-penetrating radar and magnetometry can be used to look into ground prior to excavating, and 3D laser scanning can digitally record above ground features in remarkable detail. This talk will share results from sites such as Old Fort Johnston in New York State that played a role in the American Revolutionary War, a buried Late Bronze Age urban area in Cyprus, and Norman castles in Ireland. How the instruments do what they do will be very briefly discussed; with the talk’s main focus on the spectacular imagery obtained using these instruments and what they can tell us about the past and present.
Michael “Bodhi” Rogers is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Denver. He earned his bachelor degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his master degree in archaeology and doctoral degree in physics from Oregon State University. Along with being a Ph.D. physicists he is also a registered professional archaeologist. His scholarly work focuses on two areas; physics & astronomy education research looking to examine and improve student understanding of physics, and high-tech imaging to create and interpret digital images of things as large as castles and things as small as human wrist bones.