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Navajo Astronomy,
Cosmology and Geology

Ivin Williams

Member-at-Large
Rittenhouse Astronomical Society

Email: urbanbitterwater@hotmail.com

 

 

I am available to give illustrated presentations on Navajo astronomy, cosmology and geology where I discuss both the Navajo and scientific views of how the universe, various celestial objects and our planet were created.  Each presentation lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.


Navajo Astronomy, Cosmology and Geology: COMING SOON

My Background:

I have been an astrophysics and scientific cosmology enthusiast since 1999 when I read a short chapter about the scale of the universe in a general astronomy book.  My interest is the theoretical aspects of deep space astrophysics including stellar and galactic evolution, celestial mechanics and gamma-ray astrophysics.  Particle physics and quantum mechanics also interest me along with particle accelerator experiments due to implications they could have for scientific cosmology.

 

My interest in geology and geophysics began with an early fascination for rivers and streams and my wondering why they flowed a particular course.  Specific interests include aquifer geology, Andean orogeny, the Colorado Plateau which includes the Navajo Nation, watershed geology and Yellowstone geology.


I was born in FlagstaffArizona and am an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.  My mother is from the Birdsprings-LeuppArizona area in the southwestern corner of the Navajo Nation.  My maternal clan is Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water) and my maternal grandfather's clan is Tsi'naajinii (Black Streaked Wood People).  My father was of Spanish descent.  I received my Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics and finance from Temple University.  My other interests include art history, drawing landscapes, economics, jazz music, structural engineering and urban planning.

 


 

 

Past Presentations:

02/23/10 – Navajo Four Sacred Mountains: A Geological Perspective - Rydal Park Retirement Community – Rydal, PA

11/19/09 – Navajo Four Sacred Mountains: A Geological Perspective - Philadelphia Geological Society - Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
05/05/09 – Harmony in the Dark Upper: Navajo and Scientific Views of Stellar and Constellation Formation -  Café Scientifique - Bella Cena Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA
04/20/09 – Navajo Trail of Tears: Navajo Relocation of 1864 – 1868 - Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
03/11/09 – Harmony in the Dark Upper: Navajo and Scientific Views of Stellar and Constellation Formation -  Rittenhouse Astronomical Society - Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

 

Past Articles:

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
NGC 4921: A Ghostly Translucent Spiral Galaxy 06/2010

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
Lucy in the Sky Really is a Diamond: The Crystallization of a White Dwarf  02/2010

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
The Christmas Tree Cluster: Celestial Ornaments  12/2009

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
The Universe's First Second: Plenty of Time  11/2009

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
The Boötes Void: Where are all the Galaxies?  5/2009 

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
The Red Square Nebula: Extreme Symmetry in the Cosmos 1/2009

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
Now Comes Dark Flow: What is Next? (2) 12/2008

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
Now Comes Dark Flow: What is Next? (1) 11/2008

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
Cepheid Variables: Galactic Measuring Sticks 10/2008

Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Newsletter
Epsilon Aurigae: The Eclipsing of a Giant  9/2008

Websites of Interest:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/space_time/astrophysics/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/space_time/cosmology/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/earth_climate/geology/

 

 

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