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July 2017
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Tales of the Unheard and Unseen: From the Vibrational Songs of Insects to the Bizarre Mating Rituals of Arachnids

Thursday, July 20 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Cliff Cave Branch,
5430 Telegraph Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63129 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Click “Find Out More” to register!

Featured Speaker: Kasey Fowler-Finn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, and Director, Fowler-Finn Lab, Evolutionary Ecology of Arthropods, Saint Louis University

Dive into the depths of the undergrowth, where insects literally buzz with excitement and arachnids perform wild mating dances. Learn through stories of scientific discovery how these creatures converse with vibrations and touch. Through interactive, hands-on activities with the Fowler-Finn Lab, get up close and personal with the creatures that teach us so much about our world!

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Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World: How Science, Art, and Imagination Create Change

Tuesday, July 25 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Monsanto Center,
4500 Shaw Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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— a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing special partnership event

Free and Open to all. Registration Required. Click “Find Out More” to register.

5:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking
6:15 p.m. Formal Presentation

Free wine and light appetizers

Featured Speaker: David Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees

Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

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August 2017

Does the Military Make the Man (or Woman), or Does the Man Make the Military? Insights from Personality Science

Wednesday, August 9 @ 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: Joshua Jackson, Ph.D., Rosenzweig Associate Professor in Personality Science, and Director, Personality Measurement and Development Lab, Washington University in St. Louis

A fascinating look from the field of Personality Science at the personality of those who choose to serve and how military experience shapes a soldier’s personality long after their tour has ended.

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Why Do We Care About the Urban Ecology of Rats and Mice? An Examination of Natural History, Reproductive Biology, and Individual Behavioral Differences of Mankind’s Longest Commensal Enemy

Thursday, August 17 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Register Below!

Featured Speaker: Danielle Lee, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Biologist and urban ecologist, Dr. Danielle Lee, reviews the history of our interactions with rats and mice, our most pernicious, non-pet and non-food familiars and discusses how they help us understand ourselves better.

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September 2017

Landscape Performance Series: Making the Case for Sustainable Landscape Solutions

Tuesday, September 12 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114 United States
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FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Registration is required. CLICK “Find Out More” to register!

5:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking
6:15 p.m. Formal Presentation

Featured Speaker: Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Understanding the environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results. This session introduces and explores the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to achieving sustainability and reaching key decision-makers.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

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November 2017

The Soil Web of Life

Thursday, November 2 @ 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS),
101 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration is required. CLICK “Find Out More” to register! Registration deadline is Thursday, October 26. Parking is FREE in the MICDS lot. CLICK HERE for campus map and detailed information on where to park.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception and Networking
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dr. Elaine Ingham Presentation
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Q & A

Featured speaker: Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Foodweb Inc.

Join Dr. Elaine Ingham as she speaks on how to grow healthy plants while improving infiltration rates in your soil and water quality in our local streams. For landscaping and gardening enthusiasts, addressing scales of property from backyards to municipal holdings to corporate and institutional campuses.

Learn about:

  • What organisms are present in the soil and on the foliage of your plants.
  • How these organisms can be managed to grow healthy plants and minimize weed growth with the least expensive inputs into the system.
  • How and why to reverse soil compaction, reduce soil erosion, and improve infiltration rates on your property.
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