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October 2016
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Prairie Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 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. Click “Find Out More” to register by Monday, October 17.

PROGRAM
5:30 p.m.
Check-in/networking
6:15 p.m.
Formal presentation

Free wine and light appetizers

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes!

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers share their wealth of knowledge.

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Billiken Bots – Robot Building!

Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 8:30 am-12:30 pm
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This event if now full.

Build and Race Robots at Saint Louis University! Roobik Gharabagi, Ph.D., Saint Louis University – Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and the SLU IEEE Student Branch invite Junior Academy of Science students to participate in the Fourth Annual Billiken Bots Competition!

Have you ever built a robot? How would you like to race your creation? Dr. Gharabagi and SLU IEE students will be on hand to help students engineer their robot!

Students will work in teams of two to build a robot followed by a robot race with prizes!

After the race – lunch and panel discussion:
Pizza lunch will be provided! During lunch, a panel of students will talk about college and engineering/innovation careers (including their experiences at Saint Louis University, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology).

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Rhino Poaching in Southern Africa: Rise of the Insurgency

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 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: Damien Mander, founder, Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF). Damien is a former navy diver, special operations sniper, and Iraq War veteran.

Anti-Poaching Foundation founder, Damien Mander, discusses the front-line role of anti-poaching rangers in southern Africa and what is required today in order to hold onto the natural world for tomorrow.

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Made to Order: Applications for 3D Printing and Modeling in Medicine

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 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.

A fascinating look at the medical applications for 3D printing and the work of Washington University’s Nick Thompson and team to customize affordable anatomical structures for kids in, “Made to Order.”

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November 2016
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With Miles to Go: Seasons of the Iditarod Trail, and Beyond

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 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.

— lecture and book signing

Featured Speaker: Debbie Clarke Moderow, Dog Musher and author, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail.

Debbie Clarke Moderow, recounts colorful challenges and lessons learned running her beloved dog team 1,100 wilderness miles across Alaska. Inspired to protect the wild places she’s visited with her huskies, Debbie’s most recent escapade has taken her to the Toolik Field Station in the Arctic—not with her dog team, but instead with a group of microbial ecologists as part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks science and humanities collaboration, In a Time of Change: Microbial Worlds.

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Mosquitoes: Ecology, Disease Vectors, and Control

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 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, but Registration is Required. A light dinner is included. To register, email johnsa@umsl.edu, or call (314)-516-4246.

Sessions include:
Our Companions: Mosquito Ecology, Invasions, and Vector-Borne Disease
Mosquitoes as Vectors of Disease
Living in the Zika Latitudes: Mosquitoes, Pathogens, and History
Innovative Ways to Fight an Old Enemy

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The Chemistry and Physics of Energy Storage Materials at the Nanoscale

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library Natural Bridge Branch,
7606 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4905 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: Eric Majzoub, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Nanoscience, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Joint Appointment, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Eric Majzoub, introduces the basic ideas behind modern energy storage materials used for transportation and discusses modern approaches for tailoring these materials’ properties to meet our growing 21st century needs.

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Money, Myths and Man-Eaters: Big Cat Conservation in Tanzania and Beyond

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 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: Amy Dickman, Ph.D., founder, Oxford University’s Ruaha Carnivore Project

One of the world’s leading experts on large carnivore conservation discusses the challenges and rewards of conserving big cats in Africa.

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Teen Science Cafe – Exploration or Expedition? Studying The Secrets of Caves!

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park,
1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States
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FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Saturday, November 19. General registration opens Sunday, November 20. Click “Find Out More” to register. Registration closes 4 p.m., Monday, November 28.

To join the Junior Academy of Science, or to find out more about the benefits of membership in the Junior Academy, click here.

St. Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132 + Google Map

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Featured Cafe Presenter: Aaron Addison, Director, Collaborative Research & Data/GIS University Libraries, Washington University in St. Louis

Have you ever visited a cave while on vacation and wondered what is just around the corner beyond the trail? Then this Teen Cafe is for you! Geographer and cave explorer Aaron Addison discuss the amazing world of caves and the scientific study of caves. You’ll learn how exploration can become an expedition to understand the unknown corners of our planet and add to the scientific record; get answers to your questions, and work with some of the tools cave scientists use while making maps of underground worlds.

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December 2016
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Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats

Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Weber Road Branch,
4444 Weber Road
St. Louis, 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 Required. Click “Find Out More” to register.

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

The Academy’s 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas, offers a compelling look at how new DNA sequencing and computational 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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To Bee or Not to Bee in the City: Wild Bee Diversity in St. Louis

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 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, 2016 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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Due to unexpected illness, this event has been cancelled. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience. We hope to reschedule!

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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January 2017
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Future Trek STEM Career Explorations: Communications Careers in STEM for High School Students

Tuesday, January 10 @ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Webster University,
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119 United States
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This program is FULL and no longer accepting registrations.

Discover the science and tech side of Communications Careers in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 40-minute classroom sessions with working Communications professionals. Interactive and hands-on sessions explore exciting fields of study such as Animation, Audio Engineering, Digital Publishing, Game Design, Radio Broadcasting, and Visual Processing. BRING: Sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers, and chaperones. Sharpened pencils.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Free
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Zoo Conservation

Thursday, January 12 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Prairie Commons Branch Auditorium,
915 Utz Lane
Hazelwood, MO 63042 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration not required, but seating is limited! Early arrival is highly recommended!!

The Saint Louis Zoo is working to save endangered species both on our St. Louis campus and around the world. This program introduces you to the work of the Zoo’s WildCare Institute. The Zoo brings live animals from different continents to teach you about the diversity of wildlife on our planet!

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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 @ 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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The Real CSI: Forensics at the St. Louis County Crime Lab

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 am-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Grand Glaize Branch,
1010 Meramec Station Road
Manchester, MO 63021 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 Speakers: St. Louis County Crime Lab Forensic Scientists Kelly Pokorny and Andrew Weston

Learn about the STEM disciplines of the crime laboratory and the role each plays in the criminal justice process. Hear from County Crime Lab forensic scientists on testing and technologies used in the lab, and the types of crimes and evidence most commonly encountered in the laboratory.

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

Thursday, February 16 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Room remaining for 25 students. Individual and home school students/groups may also register to attend.

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

Tuesday, February 21 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Can accommodate four groups of 20-25, or up to 100 students total. Individual and home school students/groups may also register to attend.

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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Marc Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

National Engineers Week Dream Big Speaker Event: Special VIP Invitation for Junior Academy Members

Wednesday, February 22 @ 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

This event is FULL. Accepting WAIT-LIST registrations ONLY as of 12:30PM, Tue, Feb 14.

Celebrate National Engineers Week with this special VIP opportunity for 25 Junior Academy of Science members!

Meet and hear from Dr. Marc Edwards, the civil engineer who helped solve the Flint, Michigan water crisis!

FREE and OPEN to the first 25 Junior Academy student members to register! All others wait-listed. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Register below by Wednesday, February 15.

PROGRAM
Reception w/hors d’oeuvres from 6 – 7 p.m.
Talk, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Marc Edwards, Ph.D., Charles P. Lunsford Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

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Science and Sustainability Open House

Saturday, February 25 @ 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

FREE, two day event! Sat, Feb 25 and Sun, Feb 26; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm daily. OPEN to ALL!

Go Behind the Science with Missouri Botanical Garden Botanists!
Science and Conservation Open House
Monsanto Center

Join Missouri Botanical Garden botanists for an open house at the Monsanto Center, including the library and herbarium.

Meet the Garden’s Sustainability Experts!
EarthWays Center – the Garden Sustainability Division – Open House
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education

Free
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