Florence Andsager and her siblings were playing outside their Kansas farmhouse one afternoon in June 1918 when the cloudless sky began to darken and day turned to night. The children hurried inside and huddled with their parents, the whole family convinced that the world was coming to an end. It was before the days of radio and the family had no way of hearing about a total eclipse of the sun, nor did they know what to expect. Now almost a hundred years later, thanks to advancing technology, we can pinpoint not only the day but also the exact time of an eclipse.
Joe Palca, award-winning science correspondent for National Public Radio, will give the annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The event, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the auditorium of the College of Nursing, 1200 Volunteer Blvd.
Palca's talk is titled "Explaining the Universe in Two Minutes or Less."
Professor Mark Littmann, Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been selected as the second recipient of the College of Communication and Information Board of Visitors Professorship.