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April 2017
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Science in the Dark: The Study of Caves

Thursday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Oak Bend Branch,
842 S. Holmes Ave
St. Louis, MO 63122 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: Aaron Addison, Director of Collaborative Research and Data/GIS, Washington University Libraries; and Bob Osburn, Laboratory Administrator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a scientist in the dark? We’ll take a look at some of the explorations and research being conducted in caves around the world and here locally in the St. Louis region.

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Teen Science Cafe: Bacteria Detective! How Scientists Study Bacteria

Tuesday, April 18 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch,
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376 United States
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FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. Registration required. Space is limited. Click “Find Out More” to Register Today!

At Teen Science Cafes, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafes are presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science Youth Leadership Council members.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Boahemaa Adu-Oppong, Ph.D. candidate in the EEPB (Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology) Program, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, and graduate student in the Dantas Lab (Gautam Dantas is a 2015 Academy of Science Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient)

In this interactive and insightful Teen Cafe on How Scientists Study Bacteria, you’ll play the role of a scientist who has just sequenced a ton of bacteria, but unfortunately someone in the lab mixed up the labeling! Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to unscramble the mixed up labeling to figure out what environment you are studying.

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May 2017
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Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis: Increasing Multicultural Connections & Opportunities

Wednesday, May 24 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
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 by Monday, May 22.

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

Free wine and light appetizers

Featured Speakers:

Carlotta Lewis | Missouri State Parks
Urban Connections: Your Adventure Starts Here

Nick Speed | EarthDance Organic Farms
Cultivating Environmental & Food Justice

Joel Walker | International Institute Global Farms
Reconnecting Refugees to Farming Traditions in the Urban Environment

Romanda Walker | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Diversity & Inclusion in the Great Outdoors

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Have We Created a Toxic Atmosphere? Our Planet at the Dawn of the Anthropocene

Thursday, May 25 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Sachs Branch,
16400 Burkhardt Pl.
Chesterfield, MO 63017-4660 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: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University

Discover how the burning of fossil fuels has changed the composition of Earth’s atmosphere over the past century and how this change has affected both plants and animals on our planet in this fascinating talk on our atmosphere at the Dawn of the Anthropocene.

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June 2017
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Building Your Own Spaceship!

Thursday, June 8 @ 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 Required. Click “Find Out More” to register!

Featured Speaker: Brian Stofiel, Propulsion Engineer; CEO, Stofiel Aerospace LLC

Want to learn how to quickly prototype and design experiments to produce results in an efficient and affordable way? Then this fascinating talk includes information on cubesats, hobby rockets, and large scale rocketry. And demos!

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Civil Rights and Restorative Justice in the Age of Polarization

Wednesday, June 14 @ 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: David Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Sociology professor, David Cunningham, examines the relationship between longstanding campaigns to resist civil rights gains and today’s deeply polarized political system, and highlights how a range of ongoing restorative justice initiatives seek to bridge these divisions.

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St. Louis BeeBlitz

Saturday, June 17 @ 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center,
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL! Nature lovers, concerned citizens, science enthusiasts and pollinator lovers of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. (Age limits may apply for those collecting data to ensure data quality.) Registration is required. CLICK “Find Out More” to register! Space is limited. Register early!

To register a group of more than 6, contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann at 314-218-5307 or nicolem42@webster.edu.

Help us take a snap-shot in time of the bees of Forest Park! Get outside on Saturday, June 17, to kick off National Pollinator Week and join the Saint Louis Bee Brigade in a ‘photo survey’ to photograph all the bees we see at different locations in the park.

You’ll learn a bit about bees and bee biology and how to photograph these critically important and declining pollinators in this citizen science research effort to save the wild bees!

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July 2017
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Documentary Film Screening: Chasing Coral

Wednesday, July 19 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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From the makers of Chasing Ice comes the remarkable adventure of one team capturing our changing oceans.

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.

Chasing Coral, an Exposure Labs production, is being brought to you by the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo and The Academy of Science – St. Louis.

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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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2017 Educator Workshop: Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World—How Science, Technology, Art, and Imagination Create Change

Monday, July 24 @ 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Monsanto Center,
4500 Shaw Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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ARE YOU…

Seeking creative ways for your students to visualize, deeply understand, and effectively communicate environmental science concepts?

Looking for new ways to connect with peers across disciplines, from science and technology to communications and arts?

Wanting to transform your campus and community into your very own learning lab, design studio, and stewardship site?

Participation is FREE, but registration is required. Space is limited to 75 educators. CLICK “Find Out More” to register! Includes light breakfast and lunch each day.

This free, 3-day workshop is ideal for classroom teachers and informal educators who serve students from grades 4–12, representing multiple disciplines– science, communications, technology, and the arts. Teams of multi-disciplinary teachers from the same school and/or institution are encouraged. Artists, designers, research professionals, and other community partners are welcome!

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2017 Educator Workshop: Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World—How Science, Technology, Art, and Imagination Create Change

Tuesday, July 25 @ 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden,
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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FREE 3-Day Educator Workshop | Grades 4 – 12 | July 24 – 26, 2017 | DAY TWO AGENDA: Tuesday, July 25

You must have pre-registered for all 3 days in order to attend.

Designed to bring together practitioners from the sciences, arts, technology, communications, and other realms, this 3-day workshop co-convened by Missouri Botanical Garden, The Academy of Science – St. Louis, and the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of organizations, embraces data-driven, multi-disciplinary, nature-inspired approaches to learning and meaning-making, with an eye on the living world and our role in it.

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A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Public Seminar: Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World—How Science, Art, and Imagination Create Change

Tuesday, July 25 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden,
4344 Shaw Avenue
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. Register by Monday, July 24. Click “Find Out More” to register.

PROGRAM
6:00 p.m. Check-in and Networking
6:45 p.m. Formal Presentations

Free wine, beer, and light appetizers

Featured Speakers:

Leighton Reid, Ph.D. Assistant Scientist, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden
Visualizing Rainforests in Tropical Cow Pastures

David George Haskell, Ph.D., author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees
The Songs of Trees

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2017 Educator Workshop: Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World—How Science, Technology, Art, and Imagination Create Change

Wednesday, July 26 @ 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Tower Grove Park,
4256 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116 United States
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FREE 3-Day Educator Workshop | Grades 4 – 12 | July 24 – 26, 2017 | DAY THREE AGENDA: Wednesday, July 26

You must have pre-registered for all 3 days in order to attend.

Designed to bring together practitioners from the sciences, arts, technology, communications, and other realms, this 3-day workshop co-convened by Missouri Botanical Garden, The Academy of Science – St. Louis, and the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of organizations, embraces data-driven, multi-disciplinary, nature-inspired approaches to learning and meaning-making, with an eye on the living world and our role in it.

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August 2017
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Eating the Sun: The Cultural Significance of Eclipses

Thursday, August 3 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration no required. Parking is free in The Ethical Society lot.

Featured Speaker: James Croft, Ed.D., Outreach Director, The Ethical Society of St. Louis

In this insightful multimedia presentation, Dr. James Croft of the Ethical Society of St. Louis explores how people of cultures throughout the ages and across the world – including Ancient China, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt, and the Cahokia civilization – have understood eclipses; and he suggests lessons we can draw from our experience of the upcoming August eclipse.

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Monsanto invites Academy students – Biotech Tour!

Friday, August 4 @ 11:00 am-2:45 pm
Monsanto-Chesterfield Campus,
MO United States

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL!

Teens! Join in on this elite opportunity!

BONUS: Featured Speaker: Sonya Franklin, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a chemist? What would a biotech career be like? Experience different climates simulated in one of a hundred-plus growth chambers. Walk through green houses to see test plants that need less water. Share, discuss and learn how we work with nature. See plants as they grow from a single cell. Pizza lunch with speaker followed by tour. HURRY, space limited and RSVP DEADLINE IS JULY 13TH. Free and open to Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair Honors Division Students, Junior Academy members and students in Grades 6-12. Parent may attend with their teen.

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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
St. Louis County Library – Jamestown Bluffs Branch,
4153 N Hwy 67
Florissant, MO 63034 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. 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
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Landscape Performance Series: Making the Case for Sustainable Landscape Solutions

Tuesday, September 12 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: This event is now being held at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium.

FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Registration is required. CLICK “Find Out More” to register!

PROGRAM
5:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking (refreshments included)
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.

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

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Measuring Landscape Performance: Practical Steps & Resources to Conduct Performance Evaluations

Wednesday, September 13 @ 8:00 am-10:00 am

Registration is required. CLICK “Find Out More” to register!

COST: $30 for Academy of Science-St. Louis Members and Constituents, USGBC-MGC Members, Missouri Botanical Garden Members, and Missouri Community Forestry Council Members

$45 for Non-members

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

A primer on evaluating the environmental, social, and economic performance of landscape projects. Learn about methods, tools, and key success factors to identify and quantify performance benefits, including how to choose the right metrics.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU/HSW 

$30
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Taking Pictures: Virtual Reality and Emerging Tech in Geology and Planetary Exploration

Wednesday, September 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: Martin Pratt, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Fossett Lab for Virtual Planetary Exploration, Washington University in St. Louis; Adjunct Research Scientist – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Virtual and augmented reality technology provides a new and exciting platform for scientific visualization. Seismologist and research scientist, Dr. Martin Pratt talks about Washington University’s Fossett Lab for Planetary Exploration and its use of augmented reality and Microsoft’s HoloLens to explore both Earth and Mars-based data. And he shares his work with a planetarium show that uses both visuals and sounds to explore seismology and the structure of the Earth. It’s a panoramic story on the use of photography in science today you won’t want to miss.

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