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Photosynthesis – It’s Not Just About Plants!
Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
Grant’s View Branch – St. Louis County Library, 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 + Google Map
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register below.
Featured Speaker: Chris Kirmaier, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis
Almost all living things on earth ultimately depend on photosynthesis for their food and energy resources. Zooming down into a leaf, we’ll find the solar energy engine that powers this abundance of life. And we’ll look at the variety of photosynthetic life that flourishes around us – small to big to weird and just plain amazing.
Join Dr. Chris Kirmaier for an in-depth look at light harvesting in photosynthetic organisms, the primary reactions of photosynthesis, and the electronic structure and photophysical properties of chlorophylls and chlorophyll-like compounds. Learn about the research techniques she employs including static and laser-based femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) to seconds, time-resolved absorption and emission spectroscopy – in other words, she shoots lasers!
Science in St. Louis is a partnership between SLCL, the Photosynthetic Research Antenna Center (PARC), Washington University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and The Academy of Science of St. Louis. Science in St. Louis is based upon work supported as part of the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001035. We also would like to thank the National Science Foundation for support awarded to Kaitlyn Faries through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Award Number DGE-1143954.