Welcome to the Eileen Collins Observatory!
The observatory is open on the first and third Fridays of the month from 8:30 p.m to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. All events at the obsevatory are free and open to the public.
"The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks"
Dr. Matthew Skerritt, Corning Community College
April 5, 2019
We welcome Dr. Matt Skerritt to the observatory on Friday, April 5! Henrietta Lacks died from cervical cancer, a diagnosis made through biopsy of the cancerous tissue in her lower abdomen. The cells collected from that biopsy, taken without her knowledge, changed medicine and biomedical science forever and led to the world’s first “immortal” cell line. This talk will examine the characteristics that make HeLa cells so unusually prolific. Discussion will revolve around oncogenes, tumor-supressor genes, and other factors that contributed to the aggressive nature of Mrs. Lacks’ cancer, and the robustness of HeLa cells to this day. The talk will conclude with a brief look at current cancer treatments and the contributions to science that have been made through research with the HeLa cell line. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
We have many types and sizes of telescopes here at our Observatory. Our two largest telescopes are both reflectors - the 20" and the 16". Our 20" telescope is the one-tenth scale model of the Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar in California. We also have 14", 12", 10", 8", and 6" reflectors that were built by members of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. We have 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain reflectors in addition to 4" refractors and a solar telescope. All of these telescopes are on display at the Observatory. Some of them can be used by the public during our Friday night observing sessions.
If you have any questions, please call the Observatory at 607-962-9494 or email Deborah Dann, Director of the Observatory, at firstname.lastname@example.org.