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October 2014

How a Hat Saved a Cat

Wednesday, October 1 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Since 2000, Brad Rutherford has been the director of the Snow Leopard Trust where he has drawn on his experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to develop conservation programs that protect snow leopards and improve the lives of local communities in the cat’s range. For the past 15 years, Brad Rutherford, Director of the Snow Leopard Trust, has worked to turn people/wildlife conflict into people/wildlife prosperity. The Snow Leopard Trust takes a business-oriented approach to conservation. It is…

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Wild Edibles of the Ozarks

Wednesday, October 1 @ 9:30 am-11:00 am
OASIS at the Center of Clayton,
50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105 United States
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Registration required. $12 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

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

Come learn about and taste dishes made from local edible plants as we explore Ozark tradition and lore. Ozark culture was shaped by its landscape, flora and fauna and many settlers foraged and hunted in the forests to supplement what they grew.

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September 2014

Teen Science Cafe: 3D Printing – The Power to Create

Tuesday, September 30 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
T-Rex,
911 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101 United States
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FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.

Featured Speaker: Alex Madinger, Entrepreneur and recent graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia, Mechanical Engineering

3D printing is a new way of making things. It can make things in plastic and metal, just like most things are made, but what makes it really cool is that it makes physical 3D objects from what you design on a computer. Just like when you use Word or Google Docs to write a report and then get a physical copy on paper through a document printer, 3D printers create a physical 3D object from what you make.

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Academy of Science BioBlitz in Forest Park!

Friday, September 26-27

BioBlitz in Forest Park Here’s your chance to learn everything from bats to birds, crickets to katydids! Join teams of scientists and skilled naturalists during the Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz in Forest Park! Free and open to the public – all ages welcome! Special Educator opportunities.  Click here for more!

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Watersh(E)dification: Making the Invisible Visible

Tuesday, September 16 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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Watersh(E)dification HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Please join us instead on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27 for The Academy’s BioBlitz in Forest Park — a citizen science flash exploration inventory of the park’s biodiversity.  BioBlitz is a free public science offering of The Academy of Science and is open to all.     Watersh(E)dification: Making the Invisible Visible Featured Speakers: Jim Jordan, Senior Coordinator, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis AND Katie Belise-Iffrig, Author,…

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August 2014

Foodshed: A Tale of Two Tomatoes

Wednesday, August 27 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
Schafly Bottleworks,
7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, MO 63143 United States
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Featured Speakers: Jim Jordan, Senior Coordinator, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis AND Katie Belise-Iffrig, Author, Going Green for the GENIUS “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” – Aldo Leopold Conventionally grown tomatoes may travel more than 1,100 miles to get to your plate. Join us at Schafly Bottleworks…

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Hope is the Thing With Feathers: Americans and Three Birds

Monday, August 18 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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…

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Crafting Beer: The Science of Brewing

Tuesday, August 12 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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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.

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From the Wild to the Plate

Monday, August 4 @ 7:00 pm
St. Charles County Library Middendofr-Kredell Branch,
2750 Hwy K, O'Fallon, MO 63368 United States
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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…

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July 2014

Forensic Science: What’s Real, What’s Not? What’s Cool, What’s Hot

Wednesday, July 30 @ 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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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.

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Science of the Hunger Games: Plant ID

Tuesday, July 22 @ 8:00 am-5:00 pm
St. Louis County Library – Prairie Commons Branch Auditorium,
915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042 United States
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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…

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Hearing Loss and Music: The World of Sound Beyond Language

Thursday, July 17 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
EPNEC Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine,
320 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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.

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Nature in our Neighborhoods

Monday, July 14 @ 9:00 am-Wednesday, July 16 @ 4:00 pm

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…

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Urbanshed: A Modern Land Ethic

Tuesday, July 8 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries,
3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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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.…

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June 2014

Garden Pollinators and Pests: Insect Scavenger Hunt

Monday, June 30 @ 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Cliff Cave Branch,
5430 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129 United States
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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…

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Early Childhood Nature Summit

Monday, June 30 @ 9:00 am-Wednesday, July 2 @ 4:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden,
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

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…

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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land

Wednesday, June 18 @ 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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.

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Green Jobs, Green Justice and Building Capacity in Urban Communities

Tuesday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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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.

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May 2014

The Connection Between Brains and Machines Will Change Everything

Wednesday, May 14 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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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April 2014

Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

Wednesday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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.

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