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Looking Into The Night Sky

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Each month on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for the ‘Night Sky’ segment here at First Light. They spend about half of the segment talking about space and astronomy news, and then give backyard astronomers some tips on what they can expect to see throughout the month. Earlier this year, the astronomy world was abuzz when researchers released the first image of a black hole. Since then there has been an avalanche of new information about the astronomical anomalies, that’s where Joe and Brian started our conversation this month

Image of a black hole consuming nearby stars (courtesy of NASA)

Image of a black hole consuming nearby stars (courtesy of NASA)

COD Celebrates Constitution Day

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Tuesday marks 222-years since the day the founding fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. Congress designated September 17th ‘Constitution Day’ in 2004. College of DuPage will celebrate the anniversary with a number of events this coming Thursday. Tauya Forst is a Constitutional Law professor at COD and she’s one of the organizers for this year’s celebration

Eric Blackmon (center) with his lawyers from the Northwestern University Center on Wrongful Convictions. (photo courtesy of COD Newsroom)

Eric Blackmon (center) with his lawyers from the Northwestern University Center on Wrongful Convictions. (photo courtesy of COD Newsroom)

Kick Off For The Year Of Frida

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It was an incredible achievement when College of DuPage announced it would host an exhibit of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s work next year. There are a number of events planned between now and the opening to build excitement for the exhibit. The first of them is later today, First Light host Brian O’Keefe has more on Frida-fest

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NASA Plans For Next Gen Rover

Assembly of the 2020 Mars rover is underway with an expected July launch date (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

Assembly of the 2020 Mars rover is underway with an expected July launch date (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

Every month, on the first Sunday College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for the ‘Night Sky’ segment. They discuss space exploration, space news, and highlight what backyard astronomers can see in the coming weeks. This month, Brian and Joe started their discussion with a look at NASA’s plan to send a next generation rover to Mars

NASA is encouraging school children to suggest a name for the next Mars rover. K-12 students can enter at NASA.gov (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

NASA is encouraging school children to suggest a name for the next Mars rover. K-12 students can enter at NASA.gov (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

Taking The Next Step To The Moon

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto led a discussion of the Apollo 11 mission during a 50th anniversary celebration

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto led a discussion of the Apollo 11 mission during a 50th anniversary celebration

Each month on the first Sunday of the month, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of space news, discovery, and he offers some advice for backyard astronomers. In July, Joe coordinated a special 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon. He says the event exceeded expectations

Close to 500 people attended the Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage

Close to 500 people attended the Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage

The Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage included a display of model rockets

The Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage included a display of model rockets

Grilling With Dad For Father's Day

College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman discussed grilling with First Light

College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman discussed grilling with First Light

Dads get their day today, and when it comes to honoring them, the grill is to Father’s Day as a brunch is to Mother’s Day. With that in mind First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman to talk about grilling tips, tools, and techniques

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Dr. Brian Caputo To Become COD's 7th President

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Earlier this year, Dr. Ann Rondeau stepped down as president at College of DuPage. Upon her departure, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Dr. Brian Caputo became interim president. The Aurora resident was among three finalists to become the seventh COD president; and 10 days ago the College Board of Trustees selected Caputo to take the lead position at the Glen Ellyn based community college. Earlier this week…First Light host Brian O’Keefe continued a tradition of sitting down with COD presidents. Dr Caputo joined Brian in the WDCB Studios for a conversation about his priorities and the future of the college

College of DuPage interim president Dr. Brian Caputo joined First Light host Brian O’Keefe in the studio for a discussion of his priorities. The COD Board will formally high Caputo as the college’s 7th president later this month

College of DuPage interim president Dr. Brian Caputo joined First Light host Brian O’Keefe in the studio for a discussion of his priorities. The COD Board will formally high Caputo as the college’s 7th president later this month

Accelerating Plans To Go Back To The Moon

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light listeners each month for the Night Sky segment

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light listeners each month for the Night Sky segment

Each month on the First Sunday on First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what back yard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. With the 50th anniversary of  Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, Joe and Brian started their conversation this month with a discussion of stepped up plans to send people back to the lunar surface

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The Hip Hop Connection To Graffiti

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An artform born in the early 1970s had the attention of students and scholars alike this week. The first ever Hip-Hop Summit at College of DuPage looked at the intersection of music, design, art, and social justice. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with Chicago graffiti artist John Maeda about the artform and his connection to hip-hop culture

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The First Ever Picture of A Black Hole

On the first Sunday of each month here at First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto stops by for a discussion of space news and to give backyard astronomers an idea of what there is to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. This month, First Light host Brian O’Keefe wanted to talk with Joe about a single, slightly fuzzy picture astronomers released to the public last month

This image by the Event Horizon Telescope project shows the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy. (Photo credit: EHT Collaboration)

This image by the Event Horizon Telescope project shows the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy. (Photo credit: EHT Collaboration)

Chicago Artist Reaches Out To A New Community

First Light host Brian O’Keefe met with Chicago artist Edra Soto during a recent visit to College of DuPage

First Light host Brian O’Keefe met with Chicago artist Edra Soto during a recent visit to College of DuPage

Over the past year, aspiring artists in DuPage County have had the opportunity to hear from and interact with prominent artists at College of DuPage. The latest of the ‘visiting artist’ series brought Edra Soto to the Glen Ellyn campus this week. First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with Soto to talk about her art and the story she’s trying to tell

Chicago artist Edra Soto talked with students and community members as part of the College of DuPage visiting artist series

Chicago artist Edra Soto talked with students and community members as part of the College of DuPage visiting artist series

Young Entrepreneurs Find Customers At The Makers Market

College of DuPage Business professor Peter James speaks with a student entrepreneur at last year’s Makers Market

College of DuPage Business professor Peter James speaks with a student entrepreneur at last year’s Makers Market

In the past few years, College of DuPage has worked to create an encouraging environment for young entrepreneurs. One of the ways the community college has accomplished that is with an annual event, the ‘Maker Market.’ It takes place this coming Wednesday on the Glen Ellyn campus. Business professor Peter James is one of the organizers for the event. First Light host Brian O’Keefe and Peter sat down to talk about the ‘Maker Market’ and how it helps young entrepreneurs find some initial success

Young Entrepreneurs find customers and test their business ideas at the College of DuPage Makers Market. This year’s market is set for Wednesday (April 10) at the Glen Ellyn Community College

Young Entrepreneurs find customers and test their business ideas at the College of DuPage Makers Market. This year’s market is set for Wednesday (April 10) at the Glen Ellyn Community College

Rejuvenating The Prairie With Fire

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Open space managers turn to an ancient solution to maintaining and improving prairie restorations across the region. Every year in the spring and fall a controlled burn is a way to clear away unwanted vegetation. At this time of year, the fire clears the slate to give new growth a jump start with increased access to sunlight and a boost of nutrients in the soil. College of DuPage Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler conducts prescription burns in the open spaces at the Glen Ellyn based community college. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited with Remic as he conducted a controlled burn

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Vegetarium Museum Exhibit Comes To College of DuPage

College of DuPage Art History professor David Oulette helped to bring the National Vegetarian Museum exhibit to the COD Library

College of DuPage Art History professor David Oulette helped to bring the National Vegetarian Museum exhibit to the COD Library

College of DuPage is hosting a special exhibit this month. The Chicago based National Vegetarian has sent its traveling exhibit to more than 15 locations over the past two years as a way to shine a spotlight on the push for people to embrace a plant based diet. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with COD Art History professor David Oullette about the exhibit

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An Explanation of The Northern Lights

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Each month on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and to offer guidance for backyard astronomers. This month, Brian and Joe started their conversation with an explanation of the northern lights

A recent photo of the Aurora Borealis looked to some like a dragon descending from the sky (photo courtesty of NASA.gov)

A recent photo of the Aurora Borealis looked to some like a dragon descending from the sky
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Spring Could Pack A Punch...When It Finally Arrives

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka is ready to track the severe weather that comes with a spring warm up

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka is ready to track the severe weather that comes with a spring warm up

It seems like every winter, there comes a time when First Light host Brian O’Keefe begins to wonder if spring will ever arrive. With a fresh coating of snow on his driveway this week, that question renewed itself. So Brian stopped by the College of DuPage Meteorology lab to visit with professor Paul Sirvatka. They talked about this winter, the up coming severe weather season, and Brian asked if there’s going to be a spring warm up anytime soon

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COD Hosts African American Read-In

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For more than 20 years College of DuPage has made reading and writing part of it’s celebration of Black History Month. This week, COD renewed that tradition with the African American Read-In. First Light host Brian O’Keefe attended the event for this story

College of DuPage interim President Dr. Brian Caputo read from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as part of the annual African American Read-In

College of DuPage interim President Dr. Brian Caputo read from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as part of the annual African American Read-In

February's Night Sky

Image of Bedin-1, an ancient and little changed galaxy (image courtesy of NASA.gov)

Image of Bedin-1, an ancient and little changed galaxy (image courtesy of NASA.gov)

Every month on the first Sunday of the month, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky over the next several weeks. This month’s conversation got started with questions about a fossil galaxy

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College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto offers a public talk about the Hubble Space telescope next Saturday night (February 9) at COD

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto offers a public talk about the Hubble Space telescope next Saturday night (February 9) at COD

Commit To Fitness in 2019

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For many people, last week’s turn of the calendar is the impetus to rededicate themselves to personal fitness. So not surprisingly, this is the time of year when gyms and fitness centers see a surge in activity. Matt Cousins is Manager of the Chaparral Fitness Center at College of DuPage. He welcomes people intent on turning over a new leaf. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the Fitness Center this week to talk with Matt about what you need to keep in mind if you’re looking to increase to crunches and reduce your couch time

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Dr. Rondeau Wraps Up COD Tenure

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Just over two and a half years ago, Dr. Ann Rondeau made a stop at WDCB one of the first places she visited after becoming the sixth president of College of DuPage. The end of this month, marks the end of her tenure at COD. She’s leaving to become President of the U.S. Navy Post Graduate College. Before moving on to her next assignment, Dr. Rondeau again talked with First Light host Brian O’Keefe in the WDCB studios to reflect on her time at the Glen Ellyn based community college and to talk about the school’s and her own future.