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Teen Science Cafe – Exploration or Expedition? Studying The Secrets of Caves!
Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Saturday, November 19. Register below. General registration opens Sunday, November 20. Registration closes 4 p.m., on Monday, November 28.
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St. Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132 + Google Map
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities
Featured Cafe Presenter: Aaron Addison, Director, Collaborative Research & Data/GIS University Libraries, Washington University in St. Louis
Have you ever visited a cave while on vacation and wondered what is just around the corner beyond the trail? Then this Teen Cafe is for you! Geographer and cave explorer Aaron Addison discuss the amazing world of caves and the scientific study of caves. You’ll learn how exploration can become an expedition to understand the unknown corners of our planet and add to the scientific record; get answers to your questions, and work with some of the tools cave scientists use while making maps of underground worlds.
Aaron Addison, Director of Collaborative Research & Data\GIS from Washington University in St. Louis demystifies the world of caves in this fascinating Teen Science Cafe on the world beneath our feet!
Whether you want to understand a lava tube in the Galapagos Islands, a feature on the moon’s surface, or an urban neighborhood, you might want to get to know Aaron Addison. Aaron leads a project to document the lava tubes of the Galapagos and the Amazonian Ecuador. He saw a catfish once in an Ecuadorian cave that was climbing the wall. The video he shot of it on a point and shoot camera went viral and it made the homepages of BBC and National Geographic on the same day.
Aaron is Director of Scholarly Services at Washington University in St. Louis, where he leads a team of 15 professionals in the design, implementation and documentation of research services and spatial data related technologies. As a geographer and explorer, his team assists faculty and students with research data, data visualization and digital CAVEs (“holodeck”-like digital environments) for planetary exploration and civic problem solving – when he isn’t exploring underground in real caves. Before coming to Washington University, Aaron spent 17 years in the private sector doing engineering and architecture, and says he was fortunate to work on hotels in Vegas, nuclear power plants, traffic studies and real estate acquisition. That cross section of experience really prepared him for his role at the university.
Aaron likes getting normal things like available technology used in extraordinary ways. For example, the cardiovascular system is in some ways similar to a cave. Borrowing the tech and ideas from exploring caves to use “disruptively” in cardiology research is compelling to him. Aaron gets inspired talking to people that have problems to be solved and says he finds he can come up with 2-3 tangential ideas to explore from each of those conversations.
Aaron’s favorite caving memory: “I got marched out of the jungle by guys with guns once, but I don’t know that I’d call that a favorite.”