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Drinking Water as a Living System

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Featured Speaker: Fangqiong Ling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering; Principal Investigator, Environmental Genomics and Microbiology Lab; Faculty affiliate, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences and Division of Computational and Data Science, Washington University in St. Louis

In the experimental and computational Ling Lab at Washington University, they have been studying the microbiome of drinking water using DNA sequencing and other modern biotechnologies. Ling Lab principal investigator, Fangqiong Ling, explores microbiomes as environmental sensors and public health sentinels. In this fascinating talk on the life in our drinking water, she introduces the journeys the Lab has taken to study the microbiomes of potable water in St. Louis and in other regions of the U.S. 

Drinking Water as a Living System is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library presented in collaboration with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Zonta Club of St. Louis.

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What Can Evolutionary Biology Tell Us About the Origin and Spread of Human Agriculture?

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Featured Speaker: Carlos Botero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

Modern humans existed for at least two thousand years as hunter-gatherers before developing agriculture around 12,000 years ago. Biologist Carlos Botero uses the tools of evolutionary biology to test fundamental ideas related to why this transformative innovation originated where it did and spread so quickly around the world.

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Explore the Universe with the Largest Digital Camera in the World: The Vera C. Rubin Observatory

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Featured Speaker: Andrés A. Plazas Malagón, Ph.D., Associate Research Scholar, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University; Data Management Software Scientist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory; NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador; Visiting Scientist, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

Currently under construction on Cerro Pachón in Chile, The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, the first national U.S. observatory to be named after a female astronomer, is an 8-meter-class telescope coupled to a 3.2-gigapixel camera, the world’s largest digital camera ever fabricated for optical astronomy. The mission of the Rubin Observatory construction project is to build a well-understood system that provides a vast astronomical dataset for unprecedented discovery of the deep and dynamic universe. Learn more about the mission and goals of this fascinating National Science Foundation-supported project destined to make science history.

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Smart Farm Technologies: Breeding and Farming Crops for the Future Today

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Featured Speaker: Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Associate Director, TERRA-REF, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Co-Founder/CEO, Agrela Ecosystems

Working with experts from fields including remote sensing, engineering, computer and plant science, research scientist, Nadia Shakoor, is designing smart farm technology like PheNode and the solar-powered FieldDock drone to drive advances in crop breeding and automate farming tasks to help researchers and farmers bring food from the farm to the family table.

Smart Farm Technologies is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library presented in collaboration with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Zonta Club of St. Louis.

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Mars 2020/Perseverance Rover: Searching for Life on Mars

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Featured Speaker: Pablo Sobron, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Impossible Sensing; Research Scientist, SETI Institute

St. Louis-based research scientist, Dr. Pablo Sobron, takes us along on his journey to discover life on the Red Planet. Learn about his experience as a member of NASA’s Mars 2020/Perseverance Rover Science Team and their mission to seek signs of ancient life on Mars and collect samples for return to Earth.

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Why are Chemical Contaminants Produced During Hydraulic Fracturing?

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Featured Speaker: Kimberly Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Energy, Environmental, & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental engineer, Kimberly Parker, shares how her research group applied their expertise in environmental chemistry to understand how chemical contaminants are produced underground during hydraulic fracking and what might be done to avoid them.

Why are Chemical Contaminants Produced During Hydraulic Fracturing? is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library presented in collaboration with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Zonta Club of St. Louis.

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Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America

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Featured Speaker: Rebecca J. Lester, Ph.D., Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis; and author, Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America; recipient, 2020 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing

St. Louis-based anthropologist and therapist Rebecca Lester takes us inside a private eating disorders clinic to explore why treatments so often fail, and what to do about it.

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Dr. Luisi Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Trending Health Messages in Media

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Featured Speaker: Monique Luisi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication, Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri - Columbia

In a world, full of information, we are constantly making choices about who to believe and what to trust. Those decisions are especially important in minority communities. Dr. Monique Luisi talks about messaging related to the HPV and COVID-19 vaccines, the influence of media, and the challenges our communities face to raise awareness, build trust, and fight disease.

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Would You Like a Nudge from a Robot?

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Featured Scientist: Yun Seong Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Director, Physical Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (pHRI Lab), Missouri University of Science & Technology

We’re all familiar with robots like unmanned drones or large industrial robots that operate in solitude. In the future, human-robot interactions that involve direct physical contact are likely to become even more ubiquitous—from social-physical robots that might assist human teachers in the classroom to versatile medical robots that tackle clinical challenges in the acute care of patients. While it may feel awkward to have a robot grab and pull us around, future robots may become better at it—if we understand how humans do it and let the robots learn from the 'experts.' Mechanical engineer, Yun Seong Song, presents what we know about physical interactions in humans and what to do next to make future robots feel more friendly and helpful, with enhanced abilities to communicate through touch.

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The Ants of Missouri Project

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Microbes and Electricity – A Journey through Earth’s History

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Featured Speaker: Arpita Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator, the Bose Lab; Packard Foundation Fellow and Anant Fellow for Climate Action, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

In this fascinating talk on microbes and electricity, Arpita Bose talks about how the Bose Lab is studying modern microbes whose ancient relatives might have led to the deposition and formation of our largest source of iron ore in sedimentary rock structures called Banded Iron Formations (BIFs). Geologists and geo-microbiologists argue about the ancient microbiological processes that might have led to BIF deposition, including the seeming impossibility of microbes surrounded by rust to survive and even grow while being embedded in these iron coffins. Arpita and her Bose Lab colleagues have accumulated substantial evidence showing this feat can indeed be accomplished by BIF depositing microbes that are using electrical current through rust; and she shares how the Lab is leveraging this process today to find climate change solutions.

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How Brains Perceive, Think, and Control Action: Neural Computation and Neural Representation

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Featured Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini, Ph.D., Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director, Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri - St. Louis; author, Neurocognitive Mechanisms: Explaining Biological Cognition

Animals learn to act in a complex environment in ways that robots are still unable to replicate. In addition, people can think about things that may or may not be true and may not even exist, such as Peter Pan. How do we do it? Italian–American philosopher, Gualtiero Piccinini, presents some recent work on how our brains allow us to perceive, think, and control action.

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Science in St. Louis—CANCELLED

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The Missouri Dinosaur

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Featured Speaker: Guy Darrough, Curator, Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center; Owner and artist, Lost World Studios

On October 15, 2021, with the help of a crane, 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) of fossilized Parrosaurus missouriensis, the Missouri State Dinosaur, was excavated near Glen Allen, Missouri, by researchers from The Field Museum in Chicago and the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center, to make its way to the Field Museum for preparation, research, and eventual display. Hear the story of one of Missouri’s most recent and exciting dinosaur finds from dig site director, Guy Darrough, a self-taught and highly accomplished fossil collector, fossil preparation expert, and illustrator who has worked in paleontology and related areas for more than 40 years.

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Missouri Songbirds, Raptors, and Citizen Science

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Featured Speaker: Janet Haslerig, Ph.D., Avian Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri is home to an abundance of songbirds and raptors. Learn about a long-term songbird research project and citizen science opportunities available through the Eagle Watch Program and the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

      

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Building Safe and Sustainable Batteries

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Featured Speaker: Peng Bai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled great cellphones, portable power tools, and electric cars. But we also experience their limitations and witness their safety problems. What can we do to make them better? Are there more sustainable alternatives? Research in the Lab of Peng Bai at Washington University is paving new ways, following the guidance of the basic but fascinating science.

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What Television Shows Like CSI Don’t Tell You About Forensic Science

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Featured Speaker: Erik Hall, Ph.D., Director of Forensic Science and Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Saint Louis University

Erik Hall, Director of Forensic Science at Saint Louis University and former Biology technical leader at the St. Louis City Crime Lab, discusses the role of the forensic scientist, covers scientific techniques used by police to solve crime, and dispels some myths about CSI. Bring your Sherlock Holmes caps as we discuss DNA, fingerprints, bloodstain pattern analysis, and other crime scene investigation techniques!

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A Survey of Missouri’s Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Using Citizen Science

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Featured Scientist: Deborah Hudman, MS, Senior Research Associate, Microbiology and Immunology, A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

There is a pressing need to increase tick surveillance in Missouri. New human pathogens transmitted by ticks are being discovered, and the state has a diverse and abundant tick community that is poorly understood. Using citizen science, we can develop information on patterns in tick-borne health issues statewide and simultaneously convert the public from passive recipients of information to active participants in scientific study. This project began in April 2021 and will continue through September 2022. To date, over 15,000 ticks have been submitted and all but one county has submitted at least one tick.

      

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The Work of the Engineers Without Borders USA Gateway Professional Chapter

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Featured Engineers:
Chad Olney, Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kansas City District Extension Office, St. Louis; Project Lead, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Chapter Community Engineering Corps project, Vacant Lots to Parks, Connecting Hodiamont Tracks
Bridget Hart, Software Engineer, Mastercard; Vice President, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Professional Chapter

Learn about the basics of Engineers Without Borders - USA's project process and the local Gateway Chapter's water supply/sanitation programs in Bolivia and Nicaragua, its local infrastructure, volunteer projects in St. Louis, and opportunities for members of the community to get involved.

      

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The Crystal Ball to the World of Plants: Seeing the Unseen with Remote Sensing and AI to Improve Food Security

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Featured Scientist: Vasit Sagan, PhD, Associate Professor of GIScience, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University; Acting Director, Taylor Geospatial Institute

Dr. Vasit Sagan, Associate Professor of GIScience at Saint Louis University and Acting Director of the Taylor Geospatial Institute presents how remote sensing and AI are being used to develop better crops, teach plants to adapt to a changing climate, and ultimately improve global food security. Vasit demonstrates the capabilities of modern technologies and novel machine learning techniques that allow us to better understand and see inside the magnificent world of plants invisible to our naked eyes.

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