Junior Academy of Science

Junior Academy of Science
More than 400 middle and high school students from public, private and home schools across the region experience hands-on opportunities in science, engineering, technology and medicine through the Junior Academy.
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We film a number of our broad range of science speakers, tours, and community-wide public talks, workshops and citizen science events. Find popular talks such as Higgs Boson and the Fate of the Universe and Cyberforensics.
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An Evening with the Experts: DNA, Personalized Medicine And You!

September 1 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

OPEN to adults, Junior Academy members, middle and high school students. This event is accepting WAIT LIST registrations ONLY. Registration is required. Networking Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Complimentary libations, hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments. Precision Medicine Keynote Address @ 6:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Eric Green, MD, PhD, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health Panel Discussion Rounds 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. An Evening with The Experts is a special partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

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Upcycling Our Urban Ecosystems: Building Landscapes for Biodiversity

September 8 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Space is limited. Open to college-age students and older only. Registration required. 5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking 6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation Featured Speaker: Heather L. Venhaus, Regenerative Environmental Design Heather Venhaus is the principal of Regenerative Environmental Design, a sustainable design-consulting firm in Austin, Texas that strives to connect natural and built systems in mutually beneficial ways. Previously, Ms. Venhaus facilitated and led the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks and worked with the U.S. Botanic Garden to developed the educational content and teaching materials for Landscape for Life. Heather is a contributing author to the Sustainable Sites Handbook and author of Sustainable Site Design: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes. Urban areas are increasingly where we come into contact with the natural world – not just in parks and nature preserves, but in more familiar places like residential landscapes, restaurants, campuses, and even parking lots. Too often, these spaces are designed to serve a particular, and often limited, purpose. This presentation will challenge attendees to think broadly about all outdoor spaces and recognize their untapped potential.

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High Performance Urban Ecosystems

September 9 8:00 am – 10:00 am

FEE: $30/Academy of Science - St. Louis members, USGBC-MGC Members, ASLA, Missouri Botanical Garden Members & ; $45/Non-members Space is limited. Registration is required. Photo Credit: From the cover of, Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes, by Heather L. Venhaus Featured Speaker: Heather L. Venhaus, Regenerative Environmental Design Heather Venhaus is the principal of Regenerative Environmental Design, a sustainable design-consulting firm in Austin, Texas that strives to connect natural and built systems in mutually beneficial ways. Previously, Ms. Venhaus facilitated and led the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks and worked with the U.S. Botanic Garden to developed the educational content and teaching materials for Landscape for Life. Heather is a contributing author to the Sustainable Sites Handbook and author of Sustainable Site Design: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes. In this presentation we will discuss the interrelated nature between soils, plants, humans and ecosystem function. Site design and maintenance strategies that provide multiple ecosystem services and improve human health and well-being will be discussed, along with case studies illustrating project success and failures.

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