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October 2014

The Tangled Jungle Path to Primatology Teen Science Cafe

Thursday, October 23 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 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 Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required. REGISTER HERE or call 314.533.8586. Featured Speaker: Jennifer Rehg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members. Have you ever been told that you are “just monkeying around?”…

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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