HPU To Feature Astronomy Expert Don Cline For Annual 'High Point Universe Day' Event

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 14, 2010 – High Point University will host a public lecture on astronomy in honor of “High Point Universe Day.” The annual event, which will feature astronomy expert Don Cline, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall on the HPU campus.

During the event, Cline will discuss the historical significance and the astronomical importance of the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive. APDA is now housed at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute and the glass plates are being scanned and are available for the global community of scientists, researchers and students.

“Understanding the physics of astronomical objects relies heavily on observations of change,” Cline says. “Short-term changes can be studied through new observations, but what about changes that happen slowly over decades, sometimes almost imperceptibly, occasionally violently, often serendipitously? We can know nothing of those phenomena unless we can access observations taken over a long period of time. Fortunately, astronomy has rich archives of photographic observations spanning from the mid 1800s to the 1990s.”

Cline, a native of Statesville who has lived in Greensboro since 1959, received Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and physics from Guilford College, and was awarded a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Cline is the founder of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. He serves on a wide variety of astronomy and science boards, and was presented the Champion of Science award by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Education Center.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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