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Advances in Timekeeping
The Academy’s 2017 Outstanding Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Kater Murch, Ph.D., along with Washington University Arts & Sciences graduate student Mahdi Naghiloo and theory collaborator Andrew Jordan of the University of Rochester use a superconducting quantum system to discover a quantum speedup in frequency measurement. The discovery in timekeeping has applications for enhanced MRI medical imaging devices, the analysis of light emitted from stars, and clock precision. Source: Washington University in St. Louis

Kater is the featured speaker at the Academy’s February Science Seminar, The Arrow of Time in Quantum Measurement, at the Saint Louis Zoo on Wednesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

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HUTAN and Community-Based Conservation

February 20 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Featured speaker: Marc Ancrenaz, DVM, Ph.D., Co-Founder, HUTAN and Director, Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme Kinabatangan in Malaysian Borneo is a hotspot for biodiversity but one that is threatened by rapid development. The French NGO, HUTAN, initiated the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (KOCP) 20 years ago. Its goal is to identify ways for wildlife and people to cohabit peacefully in the same environment. Over the years, the KOCP community-based conservation approach has faced many challenges, but it also has experienced major successes that give hope for the long-term survival of wild orangutans, elephants, and other species.

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Teen Science Cafe—Seeding the Future: Plant Breeding and Genetic Modification

February 28 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL after registering for a CONFIRMATION with IMPORTANT INFORMATION on liability waiver and photo i.d. requirements, driving directions, parking, student drop-off and pick-up, and campus building location for this cafe!) FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and ALL area middle and high school students. Registration required. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Saturday, February 17. General registration opens Sunday, February 18. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 21. Click "Find Out More" to register! To join the Junior Academy of Science, or to find out more about the benefits of membership in the Junior Academy, click here.

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6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities Featured Cafe Presenter: Lisa Kanizay, Ph.D., Reproductive Biology Scientist, Monsanto Company Cafe Topic: Modern breeding relies on many tools and technologies to produce plant varieties that provide farmers and growers with predictable, consistent results. Today scientists use everything from machine learning to naturally occurring biological processes, such as haploid induction, (a process used to speed plant breeding) to create these varieties. Try out some of the plant breeding methods scientists use in this hands-on cafe for teens and discuss genetic modification and what those words mean to a scientist.

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Science and Sustainability Open House

March 3 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, two day event! Sat, Mar 3 and Sun, Mar 4; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm daily. OPEN to ALL!

Go Behind the Science with Missouri Botanical Garden Botanists! Science and Conservation Open House Monsanto Center

Join Missouri Botanical Garden botanists for an open house at the Monsanto Center, including the library and herbarium.

Meet the Garden’s Sustainability Experts! EarthWays Center – the Garden Sustainability Division - Open House Commerce Bank Center for Science Education

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