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August 2017
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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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Animals and Conservation at the Endangered Wolf Sanctuary

Thursday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Thornhill Branch – St. Louis County Library,
12863 Willowyck Drive
St. Louis, 63146 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!

Learn all about the five species of threatened and endangered canids at the Endangered Wolf Center, find out what the Center is doing to help preserve wolves and its wild canid residents, how it works to reintroduce these species to the wild, and why this work is vital to a healthy ecosystem and a healthy planet.

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Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz at Shaw Nature Reserve

Friday, September 22 @ 9:00 am-Saturday, September 23 @ 12:00 pm
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Shaw Nature Reserve,
307 Pinetum Loop Road
Gray Summit, MO 63039 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL! Registration is now closed, but accepting walk-ons for open field trek teams. Everyone is welcome to join in this Citizen Science project. No experience necessary!

CLICK HERE for a listing of open field trek teams!

Here’s your chance to learn about everything from butterflies to birds, crickets to katydids, plants and pollinators, trees and toads!

Join a team! Expeditions leave from base camp on Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23, 2017.

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Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz at Shaw Nature Reserve

Saturday, September 23 @ 7:00 am-12:00 pm
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Shaw Nature Reserve,
307 Pinetum Loop Road
Gray Summit, MO 63039 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL! Registration is now closed, but accepting walk-ons for open field trek teams. Everyone is welcome to join in this Citizen Science project. No experience necessary!

CLICK HERE for a listing of open field trek teams!

Here’s your chance to learn about everything from butterflies to birds, crickets to katydids, plants and pollinators, trees and toads!

Join a team! Expeditions leave from base camp on Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23, 2017.

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Flintknapping

Junior Academy Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens! Session 1: Flintknapping—Prehistoric Physics in Action

Thursday, September 28 @ 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 of four sessions for teens explores the field of archaeology with sessions on flintknapping, ceramics, geoarchaeology and zoo archaeology!

SESSION ONE IS NOW FULL! CURRENTLY ACCEPTING WAIT-LISTED REGISTRANTS ONLY for Session One! To register for additional sessions in the series, click the upcoming session links below.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy members and their parents and all teens in grades 6-12. 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!

Session Presenter:
Kathryn Chapman, Education Coordinator, Center for American Archaeology

Flintknapping is the art of shaping flint, chert, or glass into tools. Join Kathryn Chapman from the Center for American Archaeology to learn how prehistoric people shaped arrowheads, knives, hoes, and more. We’ll provide some local chert and tools for you to shape your own point using pressure flaking techniques.

Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens Upcoming Sessions

Session 2: Tue, Oct 17, 7PM – 8:30PM, Ceramics

Session 3: Mon, Nov 27, 7PM – 8:30PM, Geoarchaeology

Session 4: Thu, Dec 14, 7PM – 8:30PM, Zoo Archaeology

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October 2017
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Bats, Birds, and Bellflowers: The Evolution of Specialized Pollination in the Tropics

Monday, October 2 @ 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: Nathan Muchhala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Missouri – St. Louis

In the tropics many specialized bats visit flowers, pollinating them in exchange for the sugar-rich nectar they provide. In this multimedia presentation rich with stunning photos and video, biologist Nathan Muchhala discusses the intricate, mutualistic dance between pollinators and flowers in the tropics, as each evolve specialized traits to better perform their roles in providing nectar and transferring pollen.

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Clearing the Air: Science on the Health Risks of and Solutions to Poor Air Quality

Wednesday, October 4 @ 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: Jay R. Turner, D.Sc., Vice Dean for Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Research shows exposure to air pollution can affect both respiratory and cardiovascular health. More recent research also points to even broader adverse impacts such as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative effects. Join Washington University’s Dr. Jay Turner for an informative and scientific look at what the science says about the health effects of airborne pollution, and learn about efforts across the globe to improve urban air quality.

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Celebrate Nuclear Science Week! Teen Science Cafe – Nuclear Engineering: Responsibility for the Future

Monday, October 16 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 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 area middle and high school students. Registration required. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Friday, October 6. General registration opens Saturday, October 7.

Click “Find Out More” to register!

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

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentation & activities

Featured Cafe Presenter: Jenna Slocum, undergraduate student in Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology; undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Carlos Castano; President, Missouri S&T student chapter, American Nuclear Society; Secretary, Missouri S&T student chapter, Women in Nuclear

What do you think when you hear the word “Nuclear?” Do you think “Clean Energy!” or maybe a news headline? Let’s discuss what you know, what you want to learn, and break down one of the more recent Nuclear Headliners: Fukushima Dailchi. Join Engineers from the Missouri S&T chapter of the American Nuclear Society in the discussion of what happened, who should take responsibility, what we should take from this event, and how we should move forward.

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Junior Academy Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens! Session 2: Ceramics—From Dirt to Dinnerware

Tuesday, October 17 @ 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 TWO IS NOW FULL! CURRENTLY ACCEPTING WAIT-LISTED REGISTRANTS ONLY for Session Two! To be added to the wait-list for this session, click Find Out More. To be added to the wait-list for additional sessions in the series, click the session links below.

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!

Learn about the transformation of clay into a world-changing technology. Join us to discuss prehistoric ceramics and experience the process of making a clay pot of your own!

Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens Upcoming Sessions

Session 3: Mon, Nov 27, 7PM – 8:30PM, Geoarchaeology | FULL! Accepting Wait-List Only.

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

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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. Space is limited to 60.

This event is now FULL. To be added to the wait-list, CLICK HERE, or to register for the evening reception and lecture with Dr. Ingham, 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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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 and Anna 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. Call 314-516-4246, or email Ashley Johns at johnsa@umsl.edu to register.

PROGRAM

5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Registration and Exhibit Viewing

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. SPEAKERS & TOPICS

Applying Ecological Principles to Social Design
Pandora Thomas, Ecological Designer, Teacher and Bridge Builder, co-founder, Black Permaculture Network

The Use of Community-Engaged Research to Understand and Address Environmental Justice Issues and Related Health Disparities
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

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

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. SPEAKERS

Environmental Justice: Connections to Criminology
Carole Gibbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, joint appointment, College of Social Science School of Criminal Justice, and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Sustainable Planet for ALL
Jacqueline Patterson, Director NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

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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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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Billiken Bots – Teens – build a solar robot!

Saturday, November 11 @ 9:30 am-1:00 pm
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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 Fifth 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).

Sponsored by: Academy of Science – St. Louis, Boeing, Saint Louis University & SLU IEEE Students Branch & IEEE St. Louis Section.

This event is now full.

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Cybersecurity Teen Science Cafe! Black Hats vs White Hats: Inside the Mind of a Hacker

Thursday, November 16 @ 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 ALL area middle and high school students in grades 6 – 12 only. Registration required.

This cafe is now full. Accepting WAIT LIST registrations only as of 11:30 a.m., Wed, November 15. Click “Find Out More” to register for a spot on the WAIT LIST.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Alexander Jones, Owner, Renew Audio; Associate Director and Digital Cyber Security Architect, Cognizant

Join us as we explore the dark world of computer hackers and learn how we can best defend our privacy against unwanted invasion. Our speaker, Alexander Jones is a Cyber Security Architect working on the front lines of the battle to protect computer systems and data from cyberthreats.

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