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March 2015

Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Friday, March 27 @ 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Four fun, informative and fast-paced, 20-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals, explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden. Bring: Sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers, and chaperones. Sharpened pencils. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: As of February 2,…

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Aviation Revolution: Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Monday, March 30 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater,
801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States
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Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy members, middle and high school students and adults. Parking is free in Kirkwood High School lots.

Featured Speaker: Damon Lercel, Ph.D., Program Director and Assistant Research Professor, Center for Aviation Safety Research, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Saint Louis University

Join Parks College Center for Aviation Safety Research Program Director, Dr. Damon Lercel, for an introduction to remotely piloted technologies, insight into the future of aviation and a fascinating exploration of the opportunities on the horizon.

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April 2015

Curiosity Revealed the Cat: Domesticating the Cat Genome

Wednesday, April 1 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL.

Featured Speaker: Wes Warren, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Comparative Genomics, The Genome Institute at Washington University, Animal Comparative Genomics

Join Washington University Genome Institute genetics professor, and the study’s senior author, Wes Warren, for the inside scoop on the molecular events and genetic roots associated with the domestication of our feline friends.

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2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner

Thursday, April 9 @ 5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Chase Park Plaza,
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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Starlight Ballroom – Chase Park Plaza Hotel Saint Louis, Missouri complimentary valet parking complimentary garage parking off Maryland Avenue Reception: 5:30 p.m. | Dinner: 7 p.m. | Presentation: 8 p.m. business attire Don’t miss this exceptional evening, reserve your seat today! Please register by April 2. To reserve individual tickets or a table, visit the Awards page of our website: http://www.academyofsciencestl.org/awards/  or contact Denise Baker (dbaker@academyofsciencestl.org or 314.289.1402) For award information, visit our Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards page.

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Here and There– An Earthling’s Guide To Lands, Seas, and Weather On Planets and Moons

Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch,
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

Featured Speaker: Rich Heuermann, Administrative Officer, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and campus Outreach Program Coordinator, NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium, ret’d., Washington University in St. Louis

What scientists have learned about the land, seas, and skies of Earth can help us to understand the geology and weather of other planets and their moons. We’ll peek at giant volcanoes and canyons on Mars, planet-sized storms on Jupiter and Neptune, and seas on satellite moons.

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Rebuilding the American City: Models of Design and Planning

Tuesday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Patty Heyda, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis

What is the spatial and social impact of the political economy in urban areas? Patty Heyda, assistant professor of urban design at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, explores the politics and spaces of urban redevelopment in St. Louis and other areas, looking especially at the particularities of American downtown redevelopment in the first decades of the new millennium.

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The Coffee Route: From Peru’s Chilchos Valley to Local Harvest in St. Louis

Wednesday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Local Harvest,
3137 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, MO 63116 United States
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Registration required. $5 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome. Featured Speaker: Rainer Willi Bussmann, Ph.D., Director and Curator for Economic Botany, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden  — coffee tasting and lecture In 2008 in collaboration with local Kuva Coffee Company, the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden brought Cafe Peru Chilchos from Peru’s Chilchos Valley to Local Harvest Grocery here in St. Louis.  This environmentally and economically…

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Conservation Conversations Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, April 22 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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2015 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture – Amphibian Population Declines: Invasive Diseases and Consequences for Global Salamander Biodiversity

Thursday, April 23 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Free and Open to the Public. R.S.V.P. to karenkoj@umsl.edu

The Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture was established to bring experts in the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation to Saint Louis. This year we are very excited to welcome Dr. Karen Lips, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland.

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Wild Ideas Worth Sharing: Global Voices

Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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A BiodiverseCity St. Louis Special Partnership Event

The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration required.

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May 2015

Stress on the Brain: How Stress Affects the Way We Think, Remember, and Connect with Others

Wednesday, May 6 @ 10:00 am-11:30 am
OASIS at the Center of Clayton,
50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105 United States
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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 26 and May 13.

Featured Speaker: Tony W. Buchanan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Experimental Program: Cognition and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University

Everyone believes that stress leads to poor memory. But stress is necessary for survival and can also have positive effects on memory function as well as on how we relate to other people. Recent work from Saint Louis University professor, Dr. Tony Buchanan’s lab demonstrates that stress is not all bad and, under some conditions, plays a positive role in how we interact with others.

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I Forgot to Pick Up the Milk: Some Surprising Findings on Memory and Aging

Tuesday, May 19 @ 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
OASIS at the Center of Clayton,
50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105 United States
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Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Mark McDaniel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis and author, Prospective Memory and Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging

— lecture and book signing

A forgotten telephone number, a name you can’t recall, remembering to pick up milk on the way home, remembering the way home. What is the difference between normal memory change and Alzheimer’s disease? Is it possible to reverse memory decline? Explore the challenges and get real strategies for improving your memory. Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

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October 2015

Science Seminar Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Thursday, October 1 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Conservation Conversations Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Tuesday, October 6 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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November 2015

Science Seminar Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, November 4 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Conservation Conversations Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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December 2015

Science Seminar Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, December 2 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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