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March 2015

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

Wednesday, March 4 @ 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. 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

Tuesday, March 10 @ 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.

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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What Happens to the Trash? A Hands-on Environmental Geology and Engineering Careers Talk & Tour for Junior Academy Members

Tuesday, March 17 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Talk with Engineers – Chemists – Biologists – Geologists! If it isn’t recycled or composted, what happens to all that trash after it makes its way from the dumpster to the dump? Out of sight, out of mind? Not for the scientists and engineers responsible for figuring out how to manage all that trash once it makes its way to our nation’s landfills. Meet with and hear the personal career path stories of some of these scientists and engineers in…

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On the Rocks: Asteroids, Comets and Cocktails

Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 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: 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 do comets and asteroids tell us about the early days and formation of our solar system? Robotic missions are now in orbit around an asteroid and a comet, but human missions are likely in the future. Marvel at NASA and European images from the spacecraft that are exploring these ancient worlds of ice and rock, learn about the results from their explorations and peek at the future of human missions while you sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail in this out of this world talk on asteroids and comets.

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Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Wednesday, March 25 @ 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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Make it Stick: Strategies for Successful Learning

Thursday, March 26 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 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.

Check the calendar for additional talks in the series, UNFORGETTABLE: TALKS ON The Science of Memory on May 13.

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

— lecture and book signing; Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

Cramming and highlighting aren’t the golden tickets to long-term recall. Psychological research shows that people often use ineffective strategies to learn and remember. Washington University Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences, Henry Roediger, talks about why this happens, discusses which common strategies are ineffective and should be avoided, and describes strategies that promote effective learning and long-term remembering.

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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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Pioneering Science. Learn more about Drones! Mark your calendar and check back soon!

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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April 2015

Science Seminar Series: Genome Institute – Mark your calendar and check back soon!

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

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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 to 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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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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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 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.

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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