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Space on Tap

Thursday, June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


4204 Main Street Brewing Co. Tap Room
6435 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL 62223 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. Mark your calendar! Register below!

Featured Topics and Speakers:

Two short talks on science, trivia in the middle, and soft drinks, beer, and food available for purchase the whole time!

Plants in Space: Using Gene and Protein Expression to Understand How Plants Cope with Microgravity
Darron Luesse, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Much of what we understand about how plants cope with a microgravity environment stems from research aboard the International Space Station. This is the story of a group of plants, boldly going where many have gone before them, how they got there, and what modern molecular biology techniques can tell us about what they were thinking during the journey.


Air Quality Monitoring Sensors to Keep Astronauts and the Earthbound Breathing Easy
Jiaxi Fang, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Applied Particle Technology, winners of the NASA Earth and Space Air Prize Competition

Breathable air is necessary to sustain humans both on Earth as well as in space. To ensure the health of humans living on Earth as well as those traveling in spacecraft to the Moon or Mars, aerosol sensors are needed to monitor air quality and alert engineers when action is necessary. Jiaxi Fang and Tandeep Chadha from Applied Particle Technology and Academy Fellow, Pratim Biswas, and Jiayu Li from Washington University in St. Louis’s Aerosol and Air Quality Research Laboratory, are the recent grand-prize winners of the NASA and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Earth and Space Air Prize Competition for the development of new aerosol monitoring technologies to keep astronauts, and the rest of us, breathing easy.


Space on Tap is a special presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the NASA JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program in partnership with 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. Banquet and Events, Taproom, and Distribution Center.


Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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4204 Main Street Brewing Co. Tap Room
6435 W. Main Street
Belleville, IL 62223 United States
+ Google Map