Junior Academy of Science

Junior Academy of Science
More than 400 middle and high school students from public, private and home schools across the region experience hands-on opportunities in science, engineering, technology and medicine through the Junior Academy.
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Watch Our Featured Videos
We film a number of our broad range of science speakers, tours, and community-wide public talks, workshops and citizen science events. Find popular talks such as Higgs Boson and the Fate of the Universe and Cyberforensics.
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Upcoming Events

Trust Your Gut: A Microbial View of Human Development– The Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition

March 4 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation. Featured Speaker: Jeffrey I Gordon, M.D., Academy Fellow and 2012 Peter H. Raven Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Lifetime Award recipient; Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor of Pathology/Immunology, and Director, Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine We are witnessing dramatic alterations in how and what we eat. At the same time, we are experiencing rapid expansion of our human population and great challenges related to sustainable agriculture. The coalescence of these forces is creating a need for sustained innovation in identifying affordable new food sources and new highly nutritious foods. Studies of the human gut microbiome are beginning to have a disruptive effect on our views of human nutrition. Research platforms are being implemented to determine the effects on the gut microbiome of existing foods, or those we envision creating; and, reciprocally, the effects of the microbiome on the biotransformation of these foods.

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Changes in Memory and Cognition with Normal Aging and Beyond

March 10 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome. Check the calendar for additional talks in the series, UNFORGETTABLE: TALKS ON The Science of Memory on March 12, 26 and May 13. Featured Speaker: Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director, Neuropsychology Division, Department of Neurology & Psychiatry, Saint Louis University Saint Louis University neuropsychologist, Dr. Lauren Schwarz, discusses the common cognitive changes that occur with aging and pays particular attention to how to differentiate between normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and dementia.

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