Lecture & book signing. Featured Speaker: Joel Greenberg, Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum; author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region and A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. Join us for a lecture and book signing by Joel Greenberg, who has over 25 years of experience working on natural resource-related issues in the Midwest. This presentation looks at three birds, each…
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.Find out more
Featured Speaker: Patti Wright, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages, University of Missouri – St. Louis Food Crops of American origin—chocolate, chili peppers, corn, manioc, peanuts, potatoes, squashes, and tomatoes—provide nourishment and dietary variety to millions of people throughout the world. Have you ever wondered how the tomato, once considered unfit to eat, became the most common garden item in the U.S.? Did you know that corn is a grass? What is manioc? Join us for a discussion of…
Featured Speaker: Bryan Hampton, Bryan Hampton, Director, Criminalistics Laboratory, St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department Hear about the hot topics in forensics and its role in solving cold cases. Forensic scientist and St. Charles County Criminalistics Lab director Bryan Hampton takes a look at the realities of forensic science and debunks some of the often-glamorized science’s common myths. You’ll learn about the tools used in the crime lab and how the efforts of forensic scientists today impact the crimes of tomorrow.
Registration required – only accepting wait list registrations as of 5/19/14. Featured Speaker: Catrina Adams, Ph.D., Education Technology Coordinator, Botanical Society of America and Ethnobotanist Lost in the forest without food or provisions? Trying to live in a post apocalyptic world? Could you survive on your plant knowledge? Don’t get caught unprepared! Expand your foraging skills and botanical know how in this interactive workshop on identifying medicinal, edible, and poisonous plants. “May the odds be ever in your favor!” Photo…
Dr. Limb is a TED Talks speaker well known for his captivating studies using neuroimaging techniques to study the creative process in jazz and rap artists. To learn more about what motivates this talented physician/scientist, check out: Music on the Mind and CSI: Beethovan.
Education Summit for the Greater St. Louis Region OPEN to all educators, campus grounds/landscape staff, university faculty and students, and all interested community members. Throughout St. Louis, the U.S. and the world, cities are recognizing how local biodiversity—the living organisms all around us—equate to healthier, happier, more livable, economically prosperous cities. Biodiversity is in our backyards, schoolyards, city streets, parking lots, roadside berms and balconies. Our biodiverse neighbors live in the soil underfoot and the tree canopy overhead. They clean…Find out more
On Science Series Walking Tour & Interactive Session Featured Speakers and Tour Leaders: Jim Jordan, Senior Coordinator, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis; Katie Belise-Iffrig, Author, Going Green for the GENIUS; and Paul Hubbman, East-West Gateway. “There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to the land.” – Aldo Leopold This short walking tour and interactive session explores the Grand Center Arts District.…
Featured Speaker: Mark Paradise, Research Entomologist, Monsanto Company and Phil Koenig, Lepidopterist, and Missouri coordinator for “Butterflies and Moths of North America” database, www.butterfliesandmoths.org Work with real entomologists (insect scientists) in this mini-BioBlitz to discover beneficial and pesty insects in the library’s backyard. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science Members and middle & high school students. Registration required. PRE-REGISTRATION OPEN to Junior Academy of Science Members through May 14. Registration open to all middle and high school students…
Community Summit for the Greater St. Louis Region OPEN to early childhood educators, preschool center directors and staff, district leaders, parents, community partners, and anyone wanting to think big, inspire change, and learn more about the role of nature in early childhood. To what extent can everyday access to nature transform the lives of St. Louis’ youngest citizens? During this 3-day summit, educators, community members, district leaders and parents, have the opportunity to network and share ideas related to the…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featured Speakers: Drs. Sridhar Condoor and K. Ravindra, St. Louis University, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
Shifts in thinking, practice and values are essential to making sustainable options work—especially in business, where cost-effective outcomes must quantify the quality of green ideas. This change is happening across our community, in public and private spaces.
Jean Ponzi shares a vivid progress report from her perspective of 25 years as an environmental educator and advocate, engaging youth and adults around a wide range of environmental issues, including coaching over 100 of our region’s leading companies in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Her tour of this garden of success stories will inspire hope, affirm individual and group green efforts, and motivate more of the cooperative innovations needed to transform our human/nature relationship outcomes.
For more than half a century Professor Lincoln Brower has been investigating the biology of the monarch butterfly. Many of the widely known facts about monarchs presented in biology classes and nature documentaries are the result of his research on the monarch butterflies’ chemical defense against predators and the ecological chemistry of the butterflies’ interactions with their milkweed host plants. Realizing during his first expedition that the butterflies phenomenal migration and overwintering biology was threatened by logging in winter roost areas, he began conservation work that continues to this day with WWF-Mexico, government agencies in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, and numerous other colleagues.
For 250 years, the karst landscape beneath St. Louis has provided both opportunity and trouble, yet the nature of those interrelationships has profoundly changed. Early uses of caves and karst include beer cellars, water supply and trash disposal, whereas modern uses include storage, recreation and storm water drainage. The troubles have changed as well, underscoring the often neglected importance of a region’s geologic framework to its historical development.
You never know what you’ll see at the circus – magic, juggling and so much more. Science of the Circus explains the science behind many of your favorite circus acts. Explore the exciting world of the circus, learn about the neuroscience of magic, and more, at this one-of-kind, family fun and interactive event previewing St. Louis’ very own Circus Flora.