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Sexy Science: The Adventures of gAstronomy

by vrecinto on July 12th, 2014

Listen to Chef Yosses with DC Friday morning on B93/97

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in partnership with Gemini Observatory presents Sexy Science: The Adventures of gAstronomy on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Planetarium. Discover the allure of science with former White House Executive Pastry Chef, Bill Yosses, and NASA Project Scientist for the Kepler Mission, Steve Howell.  Together, they will explore the physical conditions thought to exist on exoplanets, show how the same properties exist on Earth, and relate them to the modern art of cooking. Their presentation promises to arouse your appetite for science in an evening you won’t want to miss!  Prepare for an “out of this world” adventure and sample some culinary delights along the way.

Bill in White house garden 2012Accomplished pastry chef, Bill Yosses, held the prestigious title of White House Executive Pastry Chef from 2007 to 2014, serving under both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush.  He worked closely on Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, which aims to reduce childhood health problems related to diet. Yosses was also instrumental in building a youth program at Harvard University in conjunction with Chop Chop Magazine to introduce scientific concepts to fourth and fifth graders via healthy foods and innovative exercise.  Yosses’ impressive resume includes assisting in the opening of Paul Newman’s Westport, Connecticut restaurant, Dressing Room, in addition to working at Tavern on the Green and Bouley Bakery/Restaurant in New York City, and the famed Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat and LeNôtre in France.  Yosses is a recipient of the James Beard Who’s Who Award and is the author of The Perfect Finish, Special Desserts for Every Occasion and Desserts for Dummies 1997.

Astrophysicist, Steve B. Howell is a Project Scientist for the NASA Kepler Mission and the NASA K2 Mission. The Kepler Space Telescope was launched in howell2009 and its greatest discoveries proved most stars are orbited by exoplanets (mostly small planets), and these small planets are everywhere throughout the universe. To date, Kepler has discovered over 3500 exoplanet candidates and; confirmed nearly 1000 exoplanets, hundreds of which are the size of Earth. The K2 Mission has just begun and will continue the search for exoplanets around the closest and brightest stars.  This mission is expected to provide the best scientific datasets ever obtained for many of the famous star clusters and well-known stars along the zodiac.  Howell has written over 700 scientific publications and is the author of eight astronomy and astronomical instrumentation books.  He has also penned his first science fiction book, A Kepler’s Dozen (I had a Dream). He is currently in collaboration on a molecular gAstronomy cook book with Bill Yosses. While in Hawaii this month, Howell will be installing a powerful visiting instrument on Gemini’s telescope.

Tickets for this event are $35 for general admission and $30 for members, and will include sample tastings from Chef Yosses. Seats are limited and can be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours.  Tickets are non-refundable.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  For more information, visit the website at

The Gemini Observatory is an international collaboration with two identical 8-meter telescopes. Its mission is to advance our knowledge of the Universe by providing the international Gemini Community with forefront access to the entire sky. The Frederick C. Gillett Gemini Telescope is located on Mauna Kea, Hawai’i (Gemini North) and the other telescope on Cerro Pachón in central Chile (Gemini South); together the twin telescopes provide full coverage over both hemispheres of the sky. The telescopes incorporate technologies that allow large, relatively thin mirrors, under active control, to collect and focus both visible and infrared radiation from space.

The Gemini Observatory provides the astronomical communities in six partner countries with state-of-the-art astronomical facilities that allocate observing time in proportion to each country’s contribution. In addition to financial support, each country also contributes significant scientific and technical resources. The national research agencies that form the Gemini partnership include: the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian National Research Council (NRC), the Chilean Comisión Nacional de Investigación Cientifica y Tecnológica (CONICYT), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Argentinean Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva, and the Brazilian Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação. The observatory is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with the NSF. The NSF also serves as the executive agency for the international partnership.

Recipes for From Chef Yosses:

Honey Hibiscus Ice Tea.
1 qt water
4 sachets hibiscus tea
3 tbls honey
sprinkle strawberry powder or pomegranate powder (freeze dried powders from Island Naturals)
orange foam on top from recipe below
spear a lychee with a long toothpick to place over the top of the glass
sprinkle with powders and garnish with a mint sprig.

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