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Chemistry is for the Birds

Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

— a public science seminar in partnership with Sigma-Aldrich and the American Chemical Society

Junior Academy students invited to attend Private Reception and Hands-on Chemistry with Saint Louis University graduate students in Chemistry and Shelly Minteer, Ph.D., Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Graduate Program Director, Department of Chemistry, Saint Louis University

Featured Program:

6:00 – 6:20 p.m. Private Reception – hors d’oeuvres served—Junior Academy, Academy of Science, Sigma, and ACS members and employees ONLY

6:20 – 7:00 p.m. Hands-on Chemistry Event—Students ONLY
(parents, family members, and guests welcome to observe) Hands-on Chemistry limited to the first 25 students to RSVP.

7:15 p.m. Public Lecture: Chemistry is for the Birds – all welcome. RSVP required for public lecture. Space is limited.

Featured Speaker: Dwight Chasar, Ph.D., research scientist and field ornithologist

To better understand bird life and behavior, and using the tools chemists have used for years, avian biologists and chemists have recently begun to examine more closely the chemistry associated with birds. In this fascinating look at the Chemistry of Birds, chemist and birder, Dr. Dwight Chasar, talks about the chemical pigments that give birds color, the chemicals birds use for survival in the wild, chemicals that nearly extirpated raptors, and the use of stable isotopes to understand bird migration. From the simplicity of bird poop to the complexity of bird DNA analysis, chemistry is playing a big role in our understanding of bird dynamics. Chemistry is for the Birds covers enough chemistry to satisfy general interest chemists and is simple enough for non-chemists and students to understand and appreciate the beauty and complexity of the chemistry of birds.

Photo Credit: Dwight Chasar

To be held at Sigma Aldrich, 3050 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Parking is FREE in the Sigma-Aldrich lot.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED by April 7, 2010 for admittance. To RSVP for Chemistry is for the Birds– private reception, hands-on chemistry, and/or public lecture call 314-533-8586 or email events@academyofsciencestl.org. (Please provide first and last names of guests.)


Monday, April 12, 2010
6:00 PM-8:30 PM