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From in-depth lectures to private behind-the-scenes tours, the Academy of Science - St. Louis offers a wide range of events catering to all ages and backgrounds. Explore all that the Academy has to offers by reviewing our upcoming events below or by clicking on the calendar to the right. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

The Academy of Science presents science speakers, community-wide public seminars, talks and workshops, to increase awareness and understanding of science and its powerful role in our public and private lives. The Academy does not endorse any company, institution, or individual.

 
Upcoming Academy of Science Events
Apr 29th, 2014 (Tue)
Where's My Jetpack? Why Innovation Takes so Long
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

Washington University in St. Louis ProSPER, (Graduate Students Promoting Science Policy, Education, and Research), is proud to announce the next chapter of its seminar series, Where’s My Jetpack? Why Innovation Takes so Long. This seminar series is a Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment that features experts who speak to the challenges facing the development and translation of innovations that address some of our world’s most pressing health and environmental problems. Come hear from experts in information technology who will explore Washington University's patent and market assessment of technologies, and how independent entrepreneurs can successfully translate innovation into thriving businesses.

Featured Speakers:

N'Goundo Magassa, Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Management (OTM), Washington University in St. Louis
OTM promotes the transfer of University technology for public use while generating income to promote research and education for the University. N’Goundo speaks about the patenting and copyrighting process necessary to protect early stage innovations

Chris LeBeau, Director of Service Delivery, Gateway Venture Mentoring Service
Gateway Venture Mentoring Service (GatewayVMS) pairs early-stage entrepreneurs with a team of mentors to help validate and accelerate the growth of start-ups. Chris is a mentor for Gateway Ventures, and will be speaking about the role of business models, evaluating the potential for investor returns, and commercialization in bridging research and society in the form of a product.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Location:
Washington University in St. Louis, Danforth Campus
Wilson Hall, Room 214
St. Louis, MO, 63130

Parking is at visitor parking meters/timed spaces located on campus, or in the Danforth underground garage. For more information on campus parking, please see Visitor Parking. The Danforth underground garage is #83 on the Campus Parking Map; Wilson Hall is #127.

a Special Partnership Offering of ProSPER and The Academy of Science - St. Louis

 
Apr 30th, 2014 (Wed)
Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis 2014 Public Lecture and Book Signing

Featured Speaker: Stephen Kellert, Ph.D., Tweedy/Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and author, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

Human health and well-being are inextricably linked to nature, and our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance. Social ecologist, Stephen Kellert, is a pioneer in the field of biophilia—the study of human beings' inherent affinity for nature. In his engaging book, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, he sets forth the first full account of nature's powerful influence on the quality of our lives. Dr. Kellert asserts that our capacities to think, feel, communicate, create, and find meaning in life all depend upon our relationship to nature. And yet our increasing disconnection and alienation from the natural world reflect how seriously we have undervalued its important role in our lives.

Weaving scientific findings together with personal experiences and perspectives, Kellert explores how our humanity in the most fundamental sense—including our physical health, and capacities for affection, aversion, intellect, control, aesthetics, exploitation, spirituality, and communication are deeply contingent on the quality of our connections to the natural world. Because of this dependency, the human species has developed over the course of its evolution an inherent need to affiliate with nature. But, like much of what it means to be human, this inborn tendency must be learned to become fully functional. In other words, it is a birthright that must be earned. He discusses how we can restore this balance to nature with changes in how we raise children, educate ourselves, use land and resources, develop building and community design, practice our ethics, and conduct our everyday lives.

In this moving and engaging lecture, Dr. Kellert provides exactly what is needed now: a fresh understanding of how much our essential humanity relies on being a part of the natural world.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, or call 314.533.8586.

Location:
Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63110

Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World is co-sponsored by:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big River Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, Chicago Wilderness, Purdue University, Central Indiana Land Trust, Empower Results, and Illinois Natural History Survey

in Partnership with the following organizations:

 
May 14th, 2014 (Wed)
The Connection Between Brains and Machines Will Change Everything
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Science Seminar Series

Lecture and Book Signing with Eric Leuthardt, M.D., Director of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology at Washington University in
St. Louis; 2007 Academy of Science - St. Louis Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, and author, RedDevil4

Neurosurgeon, scientist, and author of the fictional thriller, RedDevil4, Dr. Eric Leuthardt, talks about how science is decoding the brain and how the technology of the future will fundamentally alter the human experience. Whether it’s improved medical therapies for stroke, or downloading memories, the rapidly blurring line between humans and machines will change the way we live our lives. Dr. Leuthardt explores emerging discoveries in brain computer interfaces and speculates on their social and ethical implications in this fascinating look at the narrowing interface between humans and machines.

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In 2008, with funding from the Children’s Discovery Institute, Dr. Leuthardt and William Smart, PhD, went on a mission to improve the quality of life for children with debilitating neurological conditions. They have developed a brain-computer interface that can record signals from the brain and translate them into movements of a computer cursor or robotic hand.

To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)

Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot.

FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.
For more information call 314-533-8586 or email events@academyofsciencestl.org


This Science Seminar Series lecture and book signing is being co-sponsored by:

 
Jun 17th, 2014 (Tue)
Green Jobs, Green Justice and Building Capacity in Urban Communities
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Perspectives on Science & History Series

Featured Speaker: Sarah L. Coffin, Ph.D., AICP, Associate Professor, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University

In many US cities efforts at stimulating green economic development strategies are yielding promising results. But in historically distressed communities, extreme economic distress and environmental injustice conditions bring additional challenges to any sort of capacity building. Saint Louis University urban planning professor, Sarah Coffin, explores how urban planning and policy researchers uncover the barriers to green economic development and identify the missing community capacity elements that can help promote green jobs and green justice.

Presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, Streets of St. Louis, on display at the Museum through July 13, 2014.

To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri 63112

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Presented in partnership with:

 
Jun 18th, 2014 (Wed)
Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis 2014 Public Lecture & Book Signing

Featured Speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Arizona Southwest Center; Arab-American essayist, poet, and author, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

"The lyrical scholar of genetic diversity," says Monticello agricultural historian, Peter Hatch.

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the “local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, The New York Times, Bioneers and TIME magazine.

With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.

In his new book, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Gary Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America to offer time-tried strategies that just may help us secure food in the face of climate change.

Praise for Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land...

"Everyone who grows food — make that, everyone who eats food — should be grateful he wrote it. An homage to old wisdom and to the latter-day soil magicians who are Nabhan’s living muses, it is a rich herbarium of delicious, hardy sustenance and a manual for our future.”
- Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown

"In a world where climate change is the new normal, Gary Nabhan offers a blueprint for food production."
- Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight, CAFO, and Farming with the Wild

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, or call 314.533.8586.

Location:
Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63110

Partnering organizations:

 
Aug 12th, 2014 (Tue)
Crafting Beer: The Science of Brewing
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Perspectives on Science & History Series

Featured Speaker: Florian Kuplent, Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

There's more to beer than hops and yeast. Join Florian Kuplent, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., as he discusses the science behind craft beers and Beer Divergency, a unique philosophy that puts a modern spin on traditional brewing, while paying homage to the old.

Presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on display at the Museum through August 17, 2014.

To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri 63112

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Presented in partnership with: