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November 2017
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Using Microscopes to Explore the Soil Web of Life: A Hands-On Workshop for Educators

Thursday, November 2 @ 3:00 pm-5:30 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 formal and informal teachers and educators. Registration is required. Non-educators are welcome to register to be added to a wait-list and will be contacted if space becomes available. Space is limited to 60.

To register for this event as a teacher or educator, or to be added to the wait-list for this event as a non-educator, CLICK HERE.

Featured Workshop Instructor: Elaine Ingham, Ph.D., founder, President and Director, Research for Soil Foodweb Inc.

Learn how to use microscopes to explore with Dr. Elaine Ingham some of the following questions:

  • What organisms are present in the soil and/or on the foliage of your plants?
  • Which organisms are beneficial and which ones are harmful to plants?
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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.

PROGRAM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception and Networking (includes refreshments)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dr. Elaine Ingham Presentation
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Q & A

Featured Speaker: Elaine Ingham, Ph.D., founder, President and Director, Research for 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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DavidThoreson

Over the Horizon: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet

Tuesday, November 7 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 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 or on the street in Forest Park.

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Special thanks to Over the Horizon sponsor, the Alaska Wilderness League.

Featured Speaker: David Thoreson, Senior Advisor, Geoversiv Foundation; Explorers Club Fellow; TED speaker; and recent participant, Nobel Peace Prize Forum and UN Oceans Conference

David Thoreson brings a unique set of experiences as an explorer of the Earth’s changing climate at the edges of the planet. As an expedition sailor, and photographer, David presents an eye-witness account of the climate change impacts to sensitive Arctic and ocean environments.

Copies of David’s book, Over the Horizon, available for purchase and signing by the author following the presentation.

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2017 Whitney R. Harris Conservation Forum: Environmental Justice

Thursday, November 9 @ 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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The Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration required. Light dinner included. RSVP by emailing Ashley at johnsa@umsl.edu

PROGRAM (More details coming soon!)
5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Registration and Exhibit Viewing

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. SPEAKERS

Pandora Thomas, Ecological Designer, Teacher and Bridge Builder, co-founder, Black Permaculture Network
Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park – University of Maryland
The Use of Community: Engaged Research to Understand and Address Environmental Justice Issues and Related Health Disparities

6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Light Dinner and Exhibit Viewing

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. SPEAKERS

Carole Gibbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
Jacqueline Patterson, Director NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Sustainable Planet for ALL

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

The Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum is a Conservation Science public forum partnership of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, The Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Joe Harl

Unearthed: Amazing Accomplishments of Eastern Missouri’s Prehistoric Cultures

Thursday, November 9 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Florissant Valley Branch,
195 New Florissant Road, South
Florissant, MO 63031 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: Joe Harl, archaeologist, Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis

It’s a common belief that prehistoric peoples lived in simple huts and wore little clothing, that every day was a struggle to survive. Archaeological investigations at prehistoric sites are revealing this familiar misconception is far from the truth. Archaeologist, JoeHarl, shares the accomplishments of these prehistoric residents and shows how reintroducing their foods, medicines, and ideas could improve our lives today.

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Junior Academy Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens! Session 3: Geoarchaeology—Stories from the Soil

Monday, November 27 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
T-Rex Room,
5050 Oakland Avenue, Lower Level
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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This hands-on and interactive monthly mini-series for teens explores the field of archaeology with sessions on flintknapping, ceramics, geoarchaeology, and zoo archaeology!

SESSION THREE IS NOW FULL! CURRENTLY ACCEPTING WAIT-LISTED REGISTRANTS ONLY for Session Three! To be added to the wait-list for this and/or additional sessions in the series, click Find Out More.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy members and their parents ONLY. Registration is required. Register for one or more sessions in the series! Space is limited to 30 participants per session, so register early to reserve your spot! Click “Find Out More” to register!

Join us to learn how archaeologists use the soil to interpret history. Discover how the changes in color, texture, and composition can reveal information about past peoples and their environment. Get hands-on practice in soil reading!

Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens Upcoming Sessions

Session 4: Thu, Dec 14, 7PM – 8:30PM, Zoo Archaeology | FULL! Accepting Wait-List Only.

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On the Frontlines of Freedom: Integrated Technology and Autonomous Systems Development at Boeing

Tuesday, November 28 @ 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: Nancy Pendleton, Director, System Technology, Boeing Research and Technology-Missouri, Collaborative Autonomous Systems Lab, Boeing

Boeing’s Nancy Pendleton, outlines the work being done at Boeing by its scientists, technologists, technicians, and engineers to protect, connect, and inspire through integrated technology development in systems technology, its defense work, tactical aircraft and Autonomous systems.

Presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, World War I: Missouri and the Great War, on display at the Museum through June 17, 2018.

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December 2017
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Unmanned Aerial Systems for Food and Water Security in a Changing Climate

Monday, December 4 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters,
1640 S Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131 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: Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and Remote Sensing Lab, Saint Louis University

Associate professor of remote sensing at Saint Louis University, Wasit Wulamu, Ph.D., presents example projects of how data collected from sensors integrated with unmanned aerial systems can be used to address food and water security issues in a changing climate.

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Junior Academy Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens! Session 4: Zoo Archaeology

Thursday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
T-Rex Room,
5050 Oakland Avenue, Lower Level
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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This is the 4th and final session of this hands-on and interactive monthly mini-series for teens exploring the field of archaeology with past sessions on flintknapping, ceramics, and geoarchaeology!

SESSION FOUR IS NOW FULL! CURRENTLY ACCEPTING WAIT-LISTED REGISTRANTS ONLY for Session Four! To be added to the wait-list for this session, click Find Out More.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy members and their parents ONLY. Registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants per session, so register early to reserve your spot! Click “Find Out More” to register!

Learn how animal bones thrown into prehistoric trash pits are used to learn about the humans who put them there. See the many ways animals were utilized as cuisine and more. Then try your skills at identifying bones like an archaeologist!

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January 2018
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The American Paradox: Rising Inequality in an Age of Prosperity

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 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: Mark R. Rank, Ph.D., Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

A fundamental paradox of American society today has been the rise of inequality and vulnerability within an overall age of economic prosperity. Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at Washington University in St. Louis explores the dynamics and consequences of this troubling pattern, and what it may mean for Americans in the future.

The American Paradox is being presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis on display at the Museum thru April 15, 2018.

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February 2018
Photo Credit: Chris Line

The Arrow of Time in Quantum Measurement

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 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 or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Kater Murch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis; 2017 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

What can quantum measurement tell us about the arrow of time? To answer this question, we use cutting edge techniques involving superconducting circuits cooled to near absolute zero to capture “movies” of quantum behavior. In this fascinating talk on our quantum world, physics professor, Kater Murch, shares these captured quantum movies and discusses how we can infer an arrow of time from quantum measurement alone.

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