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February 2016
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STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Wednesday, February 17 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Room remaining for 35 students. (Can also accommodate 1 – 5 individual, or home school students). Wait-list ONLY on all additional dates.

Explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 25-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Career explorations include sessions on Green Careers in STEM. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden.

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STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Thursday, February 18 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

This date is FULL (Room remaining for an addt’l 1 – 5 individual students, or home school students ONLY.) Limited room is available on Feb. 17 and wait-list ONLY on all remaining dates.

Explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 25-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Career explorations include sessions on Green Careers in STEM. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden.

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Protecting Painted Dogs in Zimbabwe

Thursday, February 18 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

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: Greg Rasmussen, Ph.D., Founder of Painted Dog Research Trust

Dr. Greg Rasmussen, an expert in the field of predator conservation biology, will discuss the importance of protecting the painted dog population and building a complete future for wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. Dr. Rasmussen has worked with painted dogs for over 25 years, founding the Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe in 1992. Two years ago, Dr. Rasmussen started the Painted Dog Research Trust, also in Zimbabwe.

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STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Tuesday, February 23 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

This date is FULL (Room remaining for an addt’l 1 – 5 individual students, or home school students ONLY.) Limited room is available on Feb. 17 and wait-list ONLY on all remaining dates.

Explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 25-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Career explorations include sessions on Green Careers in STEM. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

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STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Wednesday, February 24 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

This date is FULL (Room remaining for an addt’l 1 – 5 individual students, or home school students ONLY.) Limited room is available on Feb. 17 and wait-list ONLY on all remaining dates.

Explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 25-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Career explorations include sessions on Green Careers in STEM. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden.

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Lessons from the Hive: Following the Wild Bees

Saturday, February 27 @ 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Hear from one of the world’s most renowned honey bee behavioralists, Dr. Thomas Seeley, recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Prize for his work in the field of Biology.

“Dr. Seeley is an engaging guide. His enthusiasm and admiration for honeybees is infectious. His accumulated research seems truly masterly, doing for bees what E.O. Wilson did for ants,” says former New York Times editor, Katherine Bouton.

— a BeeSpeakSTL Seminar and Book Signing

Cost: $22 in advance, $28 at the door (does not include lunch). OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reserve your seat now! Tickets at BeeSpeakSTL.com, or call 314-471-5122. Parking is free in the Missouri Botanical Garden Lots.

Featured Speaker: Thomas Dyer Seeley, Ph.D., Horace White Professor in Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University; and author, Honeybee Democracy and the forthcoming, Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting (April, 2016)

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March 2016
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Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats

Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

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.

Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs is a special Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the National Institutes of Health NHGRI and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code on-line.

Featured Speaker: Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science of St. Louis; and Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Disease-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to all available antibiotics, causing approximately 23,000 deaths and costing the U.S., $35 billion each year. This scenario is predicted to worsen, with fewer and fewer new drugs coming to market. New DNA sequencing and computational technologies are enabling a deeper understanding of how antibiotic resistance evolves and spreads in diverse bacteria, providing critical insights into prevention and diagnosis of future infections.

Join 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas for a compelling look at how these technologies reveal an intricate network of antibiotic resistance exchange between bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments.

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Monster in the Hollow – The Story of Missouri’s Ozark Dinosaurs

Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Lewis and Clark Branch – St. Louis County Library,
9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63136 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 is required.

Featured Speaker: Michael Fix, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Physics, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Join Missouri Ozark Dinosaur Project geologist, Dr. Michael Fix, as he explores the Chronister Site – Missouri’s only known dinosaur find, from the accidental discovery of dinosaur fossils there in the 1940s to the eventual scientific excavations many decades later and the major fossil discoveries that resulted from those early stumbled-upon bones.

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April 2016
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Warlords of Ivory

Wednesday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

– film and lecture by John Heminway

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: John Heminway is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, with a focus on nature, science, history, and Africa. Heminway’s 2013 broadcast, “Battle For The Elephants,” was voted Best Conservation Film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in 2013. Its sequel, “Warlords of Ivory,” premiered on 30 August 2015, was linked to a National Geographic Magazine cover story and has had geo-political impact in the U.S. and overseas.

Using new technology, the film will document the torturous route illicit ivory takes across Africa, putting this great species in jeopardy across its range, and destroying many human lives along the way. John Heminway will discuss his ideas of the elephant’s future and will show how hope lies in a new approach to facing wildlife crime.

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Photosynthesis – It’s Not Just About Plants!

Thursday, April 14 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Grant’s View Branch – St. Louis County Library,
9700 Musick Road
St. Louis, MO 63123 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 is required.

Featured Speaker: Chris Kirmaier, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

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Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: To Woo a Terrorist

Tuesday, April 19 @ 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 free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.
Featured Speaker: Aaron Kustermann, Chief of Intelligence, Illinois State Police

How do seemingly normal people become attracted to terrorist groups? What is it that brings them beyond curiosity to a place of action? Join Aaron Kustermann, Chief of Intelligence with the Illinois State Police, as he discusses how terror organizations recruit new members and the surprisingly sophisticated materials and modern technologies they use to influence both their members and potential recruits, and the general public. Along the way he shines light on what history and the last several years of indictments tell us about the demographics of recruits and how those demographics differ from country to country.

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May 2016
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Forest Park Owls: Hiding In Plain Sight

Tuesday, May 10 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

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: Mark H. X. Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist who has observed and documented great horned owls in Forest Park in St. Louis since December 2005.

Great horned owls are the most widespread, commonly found owl in North America, living almost everywhere from our most remote wild areas to urban parks. Mark’s talk will cover how he found these owls in Forest Park, basic facts about the species, and the different behaviors he has been able to see and document including hooting, hunting, mating, and rearing of young, with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. Watch as one of our top and most adaptable predators comes to vivid life. Do not be surprised to find yourself looking for owls afterwards!

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Exploring the Moon from Orbit – Paving the Way for Future Astronaut Explorers

Thursday, May 12 @ 7:00 am-8:30 pm
Daniel Boone Branch- St. Louis County Library,
300 Clarkson Rd.
Ellisville, MO 63011 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 is required.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Ryan Clegg-Watkins, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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October 2016

Prairie Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

Tuesday, October 18 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Alberici,
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114 United States
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— a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing special partnership event

The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region. Local and regional practitioners share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region, and challenge us all to wildly rethink where we live, work, play, and prosper.

Free and Open to all. Registration Required. Mark your calendars and check back soon for registration information!

Featured Speakers: Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation, and a representative from The Land Institute
Could native-planted building landscapes help feed our communities? Forty years of plant research and breeding by The Land Institute (Salina, KS) has advanced into global field trials of edible grains TLI has perennialized to grow in the polyculture of a prairie, without fertilizer or pesticides and with minimal energy inputs. TLI recently partnered with Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden in a landmark data-gathering effort to further these options to transform agriculture. The Missouri Prairie Foundation, a longtime TLI collaborator, leverages native ecosystem expertise into this mix. Speakers from TLI and MPF will lead a virtual tour of edible prairie potentials. This is Biodiversity for building occupants who eat!

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