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December 2016
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To Bee or Not to Bee in the City: Wild Bee Diversity in St. Louis

Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Featured Speaker: Gerardo R. Camilo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University; Conservation Fellow, Saint Louis Zoo

Internationally known food web ecologist, Dr. Gerardo Camilo, talks on his urban ecological research to uncover St. Louis’ wild bee diversity and tells us why St. Louis is such a special place for our native bees.

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The Cootie Phenomenon: Gender, Cognition, and Stereotyping Development

Tuesday, December 13 @ 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. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Kimberly Powlishta, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Experimental Program: Developmental; Director, Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology, and the Gender Cognitions and Development Lab, , Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University

What causes the “cootie” phenomenon? Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Powlishta talks about the development of stereotyping, bias, and social identity in children. Before you do your holiday toy shopping for the children or adolescents in your life, you’ll want to stop by for this talk as Dr. Powlishta touches on the ways in which toys are advertised and how those advertisements reflect—and sometimes encourage—gender stereotyping.

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February 2017
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The Science of Love: A Neuroscience Mouse Model of Courtship and Behavior

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in the Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Timothy Holy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosciences and Computational and Systems Biology Programs, Division of Biology and Biological Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; recipient, Academy of Science – St. Louis 2009 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder, at least for male mice. In this post-Valentine’s Day talk, Washington University neuroscientist, Timothy Holy, talks about the neural mechanisms of detecting and recognizing pheromones and his recently published research that looks at how long-term exposure to female scent puts the damper on courtship behavior in male mice.

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