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October 2014

MAKERS: Women in Space

Thursday, October 2 @ 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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Join us for the first installment of the 2014-15 Community Cinema Series! WOMEN IN SPACE traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. The film includes interviews with Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot a spacecraft, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and it features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women…

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Bitter Melon’s Sweet Promise: Fruits and Vegetables Contribute to Cancer Prevention

Wednesday, October 8 @ 10:00 am-12:00 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: Ratna B. Ray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Join Saint Louis University professor, Dr. Ratna Ray, as she discusses her research on dietary products, such as bitter melon extract, and their role in cancer therapy and prevention.

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3D Printing: How You Can Be Part of the Next Frontier in Manufacturing

Thursday, October 9 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater,
801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

Featured Speaker: Alex Madinger, mechanical engineer (BS) in-training, entrepreneur

From craft items at home to metal jet engine parts, from jewelry to medical implants, 3D printing is changing the way we make things. Not only are we cutting the high price for innovative prototypes, we are now able to make complex objects that were downright impossible with traditional manufacturing. Best of all, it’s available to you. Come learn how to access 3D printers online and how to learn the skills you’ll need to make nearly anything.

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After You’re Gone: Green Burials and Bellefontaine Cemetery Tour

Wednesday, October 15 @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Bellefontaine Cemetary,
4947 W Florissant Ave, Florissant, MO 63115 United States
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Registration required. $12 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speakers: Katy Mike Smaistrla, University of Missouri – St. Louis and Bellefontaine Cemetery tour guide

Tour St. Louis’s most beautiful cemetery – Bellefontaine – and learn about their options for green burials, free of conventional chemicals and non-renewable resources.

$12
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Heavens, What a Mess! How to Deal with the Problem of Space Debris

Wednesday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Featured Speaker: William Schonberg, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, F. ASME, Assoc F. AIAA, Department Chair, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology

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.

Where does space debris come from? How much space junk is really out there? What happens when a spacecraft is hit by a piece of space junk? Get the answers to these and all your questions about space junk in this fascinating, out-of-this-world talk on our messy heavens.

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House Tour: Sustainable and Accessible Design

Tuesday, October 21 @ 9:30 am-11:30 am
House Tour in Maplewood,
7648 Weaver Ave, Maplewood, MO United States
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Registration required. FREE to the first 2 registrants, $12 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Jim Jordan, University of Missouri – St. Louis

In this house tour of Jim’s home and yard that was designed and built as an infill you will learn how going green is good for you, your pocketbook and the neighborhood.

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Global Change in 1904: Electrification and the Dawn of the Anthropocene

Tuesday, October 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 ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University

Dr. Jack Fishman, Saint Louis University, describes how the planet has changed since the time of the World’s Fair and the dawn of the Anthropocene.

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Making Learning Stick: Strategies for Successful Learning

Thursday, October 23 @ 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
OASIS at the Kirkwood Community Center,
111 South Geyer Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States
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Lecture and book signing, Make It Stick, The Science of Successful Learning

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:Henry L. Roediger, III, Ph.D., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, Memory Lab, Washington University in St. Louis; and co-author, Make It Stick, The Science of Successful Learning

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Billiken Bots – Robot Race! Build and Race Light Sensitive Robots!

Saturday, October 25 @ 9:30 am-1:00 pm

Registration Required. Free and open to the first 40 Members of the Junior Academy of Science.

Roobik Gharabagi, Ph.D., William Ebel, Ph.D., Saint Louis University – Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and the SLU IEEE Student Branch invite Junior Academy of Science students to participate in the Second Annual Billiken Bots Competition! Junior Academy students will build a light-sensitive robot followed by a robot race with prizes!

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November 2014

Closing the Loop: Trash or Cash

Wednesday, November 5 @ 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Republic Northside Recycling Facility,
6025 Byassee Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042 United States
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Registration required. $10 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speakers: Steve Herring, Republic Services and Jim Jordan, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Come tour Republic’s North County Recycling Facility in Hazelwood and learn what happens to the items that you put in the single stream recycle bin and what products they become.

$10
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2014 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum Biodiversity and Human Development in Madagascar: Lessons from the 8th Continent

Wednesday, November 5 @ 5:30 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, but Registration is Required. A box dinner and light refreshments are included.

The Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public. This year’s invited Forum Speakers address the social, political and economic context of conservation in Madagascar, the history of conservation efforts, and current research priorities.

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

Tuesday, November 11 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Pioneering Science. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Tuesday, November 18 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater,
801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States
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Science Seminar Series talk on evolutionary learning and cognition in animals. Check back soon for details!

Wednesday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Featured Speaker: Aimee Dunlap, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Missouri – St. Louis 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. Parking is free in the Zoo’s North Lot. Mark your calendar for this fascinating talk on evolutionary learning and cognition in animals. Check back soon for more details!

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December 2014

Backyard Folklore: The History and Use of Native Missouri Wildflowers

Tuesday, December 2 @ 10:00 am-12:00 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: Ashley Glenn, Research Specialist, Sacred Seeds Program Manager and American Indian Ethnobotany Program Manager, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden

When you look out your window you may see weeds, scrub, or pretty flowers, but the Native American living in our region found food, medicine, and magic. Learn the stories of these useful plant species in the St. Louis area and how to use them yourself in this fun and fact-filled look at Missouri’s Sacred Seeds.

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

Wednesday, December 3 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Maplewood’s Green Dining District: The Nation’s First

Thursday, December 4 @ 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Registration required. FREE to the first 2 registrants, $11 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speakers: Olivia Engel, Green Dining Alliance and Jim Jordan, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Join us on a walking tour as we visit participating eateries and stores in downtown Maplewood.

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The Big Muddy: An Ecological History of the Missouri River and 21st Century Challenges

Tuesday, December 9 @ 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 ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: David L. Galat, Ph.D., Cooperative Associate Professor, retired, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri; Science Advisor, Great Rivers Partnership, The Nature Conservancy

In this fascinating and important talk on the Missouri River, its geology, ecological history and development—from Lewis and Clark, the steamboat era, and dam building, to the great flood of 1993 and today, Dr. Galat talks about current restoration programs and the 21st century challenges we face in protecting The Big Muddy, our nation’s longest river.

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Free
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