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September 2015
Doctor and patient with DNA double helix

An Evening with the Experts: DNA, Personalized Medicine And You!

Tuesday, September 1 @ 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
CORTEX Innovation District CIC@4240,
4240 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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OPEN to adults, Junior Academy members, middle and high school students. Space is limited. 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

Tuesday, September 8 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Alberici,
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114 United States
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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

Wednesday, 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.

$30
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Out of the Dark and into the Cold: Exploring the Outer Solar System in the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 15 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater,
801 West Essex
Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States
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Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy members, middle and high school students and adults. Parking is free in Kirkwood High School lots.

Featured Speaker: William B. McKinnon, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences,
Washington University in St. Louis; NASA New Horizons Mission Co-Investigator, GGI Deputy Team Lead, Pluto Underground

Meet and hear from one of the co-investigators of the NASA New Horizons Mission and historic Pluto fly-by!

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Sinful Theobroma: Bissinger’s VIP Chocolate Factory Tour Experience

Wednesday, September 16 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Bissinger’s Corporate Headquarters & Chocolate Factory,
1600 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102 United States
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— chocolate tasting and tour

Registration required. Cost: $10. Space is limited. Register below.

You are invited to a private tour of Bissinger’s state-of-the-art chocolate factory. Experts will guide you step by step through the newly renovated historic property– offering a behind-the-scenes look at the art and science of crafting fine chocolate with ample samples along the way. Bissinger’s makes their seasonal blackberries on this date!

$10
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Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz at Shaw Nature Reserve

Friday, September 18 @ 9:00 am-Saturday, September 19 @ 12:00 pm

Save-the-Date The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of the biodiversity of urban parks. Teams of public volunteers led by biologists, naturalists and environmental enthusiasts search natural areas, listing as many different species as they can find. Friday, September 18, 2015 9:00 am – 2:00 pm BioBlitz environmental activities for pre-selected schools 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm BioBlitz open to the public – registration in the fall. Saturday, September 19, 2015 7:00 am –…

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Science of the Circus – Save the Date

Saturday, September 26 @ 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Bumbershoot,
2200 Gravois Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104 United States
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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.

Check back for additional event details and registration soon.

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Sinners and Saints: Insects and Other Invertebrates in the Garden

Tuesday, September 29 @ 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Gateway Greening Bell Demonstration Garden,
3871 Bell
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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— Bell Garden hands-on talk, tour and picnic lunch

Gateway Greening Bell Demonstration Garden
3871 Bell, St. Louis, MO 63108

Registration required. Cost: $12.50 (includes picnic lunch). Space is limited to 40. Register below.

Known as Gateway Greening’s outdoor office, Bell Demonstration Garden is a thriving community resource for urban gardening activities. It features a traditional community garden as well as 20 garden demonstration beds. Join us for a picnic lunch, hands-on activities and tour of Bell Garden and learn more about the roles insects and other invertebrates play in urban gardening. We’ll talk about how to manage pests by attracting beneficial organisms to the garden. Talk, tour and picnic lunch are outdoors, so dress appropriately!

$12.50
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Faulty Flood Statistics and Public Safety

Tuesday, September 29 @ 6:30 pm-8:00 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. Register below.

Featured Speaker: Robert Criss, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

The succession of recent Mid-western floods includes many new records, demonstrating official estimates for flood risk are incorrect. This serious error arises from the neglect of attention to progressive changes to climate, land use, and river channels in the underlying statistical analysis. A familiar result is the current overuse of terms such as “another 100-year flood,” but far more serious consequences are underpriced flood insurance, floodplain developments, levee failures, flooded nuclear power plants, and counterproductive, uneconomical river projects. The superiority of revised risk calculations that accommodate temporal change is testable, but the implementation of better methodology by relevant agencies can be impeded by institutional hubris that includes chronic dismissal of failure. Don’t miss this important talk on assessing flood risk in the Midwest.

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October 2015

Conservation Conversations Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Tuesday, October 6 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Science Seminar Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, October 14 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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HELP! What’s on My Tray? Cafeteria Catalysts are Transforming School Lunches in St. Louis

Thursday, October 15 @ 1:00 pm-2:30 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. Register below.

Featured Speaker: Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, Ph.D., R.D., Academy of Science Fellow; Chair and Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Saint Louis University

Healthy Eating with Local Produce (HELP) is a grant-funded Farm to School program and the brainchild of Academy Fellow, Mildred Beman. HELP works to process local crops into foods that can be used in school cafeterias throughout the school year– tomatoes into marinara, sweet potatoes into sweet potato fries, apples into applesauce.

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November 2015

Science Seminar Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, November 4 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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The Coffee Route: From Peru’s Chilchos Valley to St. Louis

Thursday, November 12 @ 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 high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.
Featured Speaker: Rainer Willi Bussmann, Ph.D., Director and Curator for Economic Botany, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden
— coffee tasting and lecture

n 2008, in collaboration with local Kuva Coffee Company, the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden brought Café Peru Chilchos from Peru’s Chilchos Valley to Local Harvest Grocery here in St. Louis. Join Rainer Willi Bussmann, director and curator for economic botany at the William L. Brown Center, as he discusses this environmentally and economically sustainable coffee.

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Plants of the Bible

Monday, November 16 @ 10:30 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. Register below.

Featured Speaker: John Hensley, St. Louis Master Gardner, Missouri Botanical Garden Volunteer

Have you ever wondered if there was a real burning bush, or manna? What is gall? From Genesis to Revelations, there are numerous references to plants in the Bible. St. Louis Master Gardener, John Hensley, gives you the answers to these and other interesting questions in this insightful talk on plants that were important to the people of the Bible and that are referenced in their stories.

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Ambassador Theatre, 701 Locaust St., St. Louis, Mo. 63101

The Lost and (Found) Architectural Heritage of St. Louis

Tuesday, November 17 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 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. Register below.

Featured Speaker: Michael R. Allen, Director and Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office; Coordinator and Lecturer, American Culture Studies Program, Washington University – St. Louis University College

When the forces of economic and civic power give rise to great architecture, we rejoice. When the same forces, under different circumstances, destroy great buildings, we lament. Architectural historian Michael R. Allen presents stories from the city’s lost architectural history, as well as buildings that were replaced with equal or greater works of architecture, and how public memory can keep any building alive eternally.

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Conservation Conversations Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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December 2015

Science Seminar Series. Topic TBA. Mark your calendar and check back soon!

Wednesday, December 2 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Science and Statistics Looks at Ferguson and Police Use of Deadly Force

Wednesday, December 9 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 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. Register below.

Featured Speaker: Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri – St. Louis

University of Missouri St. Louis criminologist and Founders professor, Richard Rosenfeld, examines four issues that emerged during the protests and community unrest associated with the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in August of 2014.

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