Denver is the "Mile High City," and Colorado is famous for its collection of "14ers". But how exactly are such "heights above sea level" determined at locations so far from the sea? And what if I told you that in 2022, the US is actually set to replace mean sea level with an entirely new basis for its height system? Sit back, and enjoy a beer or two as I describe how the new system will work, why you're gonna love it, but what it might mean for some of those, um, lower 14ers.
Derek van Westrum received his PhD in physics from the University of Colorado and spent the next 15 years making instruments that measure changes in Earth's gravity. Since 2014, he has managed NOAA's gravity lab at the Table Mountain facility, north of Boulder - somehow finding the one division at NOAA that doesn't actually work directly with the Ocean or the Atmosphere.
ABOUT SCIENCE ON TAP
Science on Tap is a monthly opportunity for science enthusiasts and beer lovers to come together and discover the latest and greatest research in science and technology that is happening right here on the Front Range. Presented by Gunbarrel Brewing Company, local scientists across a variety of disciplines present their work in a fun, informal, and interactive setting while enjoying some of Boulder’s finest craft beers. You can expect plenty of beer to be flowing, a 30-40 minute presentation with intermission followed by discussion and Q&A.
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TICKETS REQUIRED for entry to event.
DOORS at 6:30pm
TALK BEGINS: 7pm
Please arrive early to select a beer, enjoy the food truck and select your seats.
Please know that if you are late, you may forfeit your reserved seat.
No tickets required to enter taproom.
Guests without tickets are welcome to line up at the entry to the talk to fill up unused seats. Un-ticketed guests may select from remaining seats at 7pm, once admitted by venue staff but not prior out of respect for tickets holders.