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February 2016

Stratospheric Balloons Over Antarctica: Astrophysics with Instruments 125,000 Feet Above the Ground

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Featured Speaker: Martin H. Israel, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; Fellow, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

During the Antarctic summer (December and January), scientists from Washington University’s Cosmic Ray Group, in collaboration with partners from across the globe, launch their research into the stratosphere in a quest to understand the fundamental nature of our universe. These cosmic rays help us understand how stars in our Milky Way Galaxy make heavy elements from lighter elements. You won’t want to miss this fascinating talk by Academy Fellow, Martin Israel, on astrophysics in Antarctica!

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March 2016

Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Combating The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs is a special Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the National Institutes of Health NHGRI and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code on-line.

Featured Speaker: Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science of St. Louis; and Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Disease-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to all available antibiotics, causing approximately 23,000 deaths and costing the U.S., $35 billion each year. This scenario is predicted to worsen, with fewer and fewer new drugs coming to market. New DNA sequencing and computational technologies are enabling a deeper understanding of how antibiotic resistance evolves and spreads in diverse bacteria, providing critical insights into prevention and diagnosis of future infections.

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April 2016

Bio-resorbable Silicon Electronic Sensors for The Brain

Monday, April 18, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

A team of scientists and engineers develop dissolvable wireless brain sensors smaller than a pencil tip that monitor intracranial pressure and temperature and are then absorbed by the body.

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November 2016

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With Miles to Go: Seasons of the Iditarod Trail, and Beyond

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

— lecture and book signing

Featured Speaker: Debbie Clarke Moderow, Dog Musher and author, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail.

Debbie Clarke Moderow, recounts colorful challenges and lessons learned running her beloved dog team 1,100 wilderness miles across Alaska. Inspired to protect the wild places she’s visited with her huskies, Debbie’s most recent escapade has taken her to the Toolik Field Station in the Arctic—not with her dog team, but instead with a group of microbial ecologists as part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks science and humanities collaboration, In a Time of Change: Microbial Worlds.

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December 2016

To Bee or Not to Bee in the City: Wild Bee Diversity in St. Louis

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Featured Speaker: Gerardo R. Camilo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University; Conservation Fellow, Saint Louis Zoo

Internationally known food web ecologist, Dr. Gerardo Camilo, talks on his urban ecological research to uncover St. Louis’ wild bee diversity and tells us why St. Louis is such a special place for our native bees.

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April 2017

The Sweet Smell of Science! Understanding and Hijacking the Insect’s Sense of Smell for Bio-Sensing Tech Applications

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

Featured Speaker: Barani Raman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University biomedical engineer, Barani Raman, discusses how understanding insect olfaction could potentially lead to development of bio-inspired sensors and robots for several important security and biomedical applications.

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October 2017

Clearing the Air: Science on the Health Risks of and Solutions to Poor Air Quality

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Jay R. Turner, D.Sc., Vice Dean for Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Research shows exposure to air pollution can affect both respiratory and cardiovascular health. More recent research also points to even broader adverse impacts such as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative effects. Join Washington University’s Dr. Jay Turner for an informative and scientific look at what the science says about the health effects of airborne pollution, and learn about efforts across the globe to improve urban air quality.

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November 2017

Over the Horizon: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

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Special thanks to Over the Horizon sponsor, the Alaska Wilderness League.

Featured Speaker: David Thoreson, Senior Advisor, Geoversiv Foundation; Explorers Club Fellow; TED speaker; and recent participant, Nobel Peace Prize Forum and UN Oceans Conference

David Thoreson brings a unique set of experiences as an explorer of the Earth’s changing climate at the edges of the planet. As an expedition sailor, and photographer, David presents an eye-witness account of the climate change impacts to sensitive Arctic and ocean environments.

Copies of David’s book, Over the Horizon, available for purchase and signing by the author following the presentation.

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February 2018

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The Arrow of Time in Quantum Measurement

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Kater Murch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis; 2017 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

What can quantum measurement tell us about the arrow of time? To answer this question, we use leading edge techniques involving superconducting circuits cooled to near absolute zero to capture “movies” of quantum behavior. In this fascinating talk on our quantum world, physics professor, Kater Murch, shares these captured quantum movies and discusses how we can infer an arrow of time from quantum measurement alone.

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March 2018

Mapping the Human Cerebral Cortex

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: David C. Van Essen, Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis; Fellow and 2007 Peter H. Raven Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award recipient, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

The human brain is the most complex information processing device in the known universe. Its dominant structure is the cerebral cortex, largely responsible for what makes us uniquely human – our amazing abilities to think, perceive, speak, share emotions, and shape, as well as navigate, our environment. Neuroscientists have studied the cerebral cortex for more than a century, but progress has accelerated in recent years, thanks in part to large-scale endeavors such as the Human Connectome Project. Professor Van Essen provides a guided tour of the human cerebral cortex in health and disease in this fascinating talk on the human brain and what makes us uniquely human.

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April 2018

Nuclear Science: From Energy to X-Rays

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Learn about innovation and discovery in nuclear science today, its role and impacts on health and society, and applications for the future. Science and engineering experts from Missouri University of Science & Technology cover hybrid energy systems involving Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), the exciting applications of plasma physics, the safety record of U.S. fission plants, nuclear waste disposal and management, an economics perspective on nuclear power generation, and medical applications of nuclear research. This experts panel is ready to answer your questions on all things nuclear.

Featured Panelists
Ayodeji B. Alajo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering,
Missouri S&T
Monica Gehrig, graduate student and GANN Fellow, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Missouri S&T
Gregory Gelles, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Missouri S&T
Joshua Schlegel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering,
Missouri S&T
Joseph D. Smith, Ph.D., Laufer Endowed Energy Chair and Director, Energy Research and Development Center, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Missouri S&T
Shoaib Usman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering, Missouri S&T

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October 2018

Eye on Evolution: Losos, Lizards, and Experiments in Evolutionary Science

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Jonathan Losos, Ph.D., Director, The Living Earth Collaborative, and William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St. Louis; recipient, 2001 Academy of Science Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award

Small islands are like laboratory test tubes, providing the opportunity to alter conditions and watch evolution unfold. And that is exactly what Washington University biologist Jonathan Losos has spent his career doing—conducting experiments and watching lizards evolve on small islands in the Caribbean. You won’t want to miss this fascinating retrospective on research in evolutionary biology that sheds new light on how we evolve and what that means for us and our planet.

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November 2018

A Wild Promise: Exploring Alaska’s Prince William Sound

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

— lecture and book signing

Featured Speaker: Debbie S. Miller, award-winning Alaskan author and educator

Prince William Sound has the highest concentration of tidewater glaciers in America, with a coastal wilderness like no other. Join Alaska author Debbie S. Miller on an exploration of this magnificent and dramatic environment shared by bears and salmon, sea otters and humpback whales, puffins and bald eagles. Debbie spent five years paddling and hiking along numerous fjords and collaborated with Alaska photographer Hugh Rose to create a book about this vulnerable, extraordinary place: A Wild Promise: Prince William Sound. Learn how you can help protect one of Alaska’s beautiful wild places.

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Special thanks to A Wild Promise sponsor, the Alaska Wilderness League.

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December 2018

Medicines from Plants—A Nexus of Biodiversity and Technology

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Toni Kutchan, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, IntelliZyme; Fellow and 2011 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist, The Academy of Science – St. Louis,

More than 200,000 distinct chemicals have been identified from plants. How is modern technology helping us to harvest the benefits of plant chemicals without endangering biodiversity? Biochemist Dr. Toni Kutchan talks about research in her lab to study how plants make important medicines and the use of biotechnology to develop sustainable supplies of pharmaceuticals.

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February 2019

Genes, Environments, and New Frontiers for U.S. Mental Health: Surprising insights from the study of Autism

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: John N. Constantino, M.D., Psychiatrist-In-Chief, St. Louis Children’s Hospital; Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Director, William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child Psychiatry; Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine

The human brain and mind have yielded the secrets of their development very slowly to science. Recently, remarkable insights into the mysteries of individual differences in human behavioral traits have come from a very unlikely source, the study of children with often-profoundly-disabling syndromes of social development—the autism spectrum disorders.

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Genes, Environments, and New Frontiers for U.S. Mental Health is an Evenings on Genetics and Genomics Series Community Event of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and the Children’s Discovery Institute of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

In collaboration with the Science Seminar Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and Saint Louis Zoo.

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April 2019

Transforming Medical Care Through the Personalized Medicine Paradigm

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: David H Perlmutter, M.D., Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs; Dean, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis; Fellow, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

The personalized medicine paradigm represents a shift in diagnostic strategies that utilizes genomic data and recognizes differences in individuals in a way that has great promise for improving precision and reducing the costs of health care.

 

Transforming Medical Care is a Science Seminar Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and Saint Louis Zoo.

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Evenings on Genetics and Genomics Series of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and the Children’s Discovery Institute of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

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October 2019

Jungle Giants: Protecting Endangered Species in The Wildest Places on Earth

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

— multimedia presentation and book signing

Featured Speaker: Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, explorer, author, and award-winning wildlife filmmaker. For the past decade he has specialized in threatened ecosystems and species in countries like Indonesia, Brazil, India, and Peru. As an author, Paul’s mission is to explore the relationship between humans and nature, wild animals, and our vanishing wild places. Rosolie’s memoir on Amazonian wildlife and exploration, Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon, was hailed as “gripping” by Jane Goodall, and the Wall Street Journal applauded Rosolie’s environmental call-to-arms for its “rare immediacy and depth.” His conservation writing has appeared in National Geographic, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. In 2013, Rosolie spoke at the United Nations global Forum on Forests while accepting an award for his Amazonian wildlife short-film An Unseen World. His 2019 debut novel, The Girl and the Tiger, examines the complex modern realities of endangered tigers and elephants in a gripping classic style adventure, based on a true story.

In this timely and fascinating multimedia event, Rosolie discusses the real life conservation threats facing tigers and elephants, and how literature can influence public consciousness towards conservation.

Books available for purchase and signing by the author following the presentation.

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November 2019

Alaska: People and Place in an Age of Climate Change

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

— stories, music, and book signing with Kim Heacox

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Featured Speaker: Kim Heacox, American writer, photographer, and musician

Join us for an evening with author, photographer, and musician, Kim Heacox, as he weaves together story, humor and music to capture the wild beauty of Alaska, the importance of community, and the urgency of climate change. Kim is the author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed memoir, The Only Kayak (2005), and the novel, Jimmy Bluefeather (2015), the only work of fiction to ever win the National Outdoor Book Award

Books available for purchase and signing by the author following the presentation.

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November 2020

How to Protect Earth’s Biological Diversity Forever: Lessons from Maitreya Buddha, Pharma Bros, and Yucca Mountain

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

Academy of Science – Zoom

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration required! Click the Event Information button below to register for the Zoom link to attend this event.

Featured Speaker: Adam Smith, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Global Change Ecology, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden

Today, global society faces a grand dilemma: biological diversity upon which we depend requires tens of millions of years to evolve, and yet we are currently driving species to extinction at rates that rival past mass extinctions. How can we ensure the persistence of these “living time capsules” that have the potential to be—for all practical purposes—immortal? Using examples from around the world of how societies have wrestled with this kind of quandary, Missouri Botanical Garden conservation ecologist and scientist, Dr. Adam Smith, tackles this critical dilemma.

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December 2020

Black Bears in Missouri!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

Academy of Science – Zoom

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration required! Click the Event Information button below to register for the Zoom link to attend this event.

Featured Speaker: Laura Conlee, Furbearer Biologist, Resource Scientist, Missouri Department of Conservation

Join Laura Conlee, Furbearer Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, to learn about one of Missouri’s large native mammals. Black bear populations are growing and expanding in Missouri and bears have been sighted in some areas near St. Louis. Learn about black bear ecology, research in Missouri and how to Be Bear Aware.

Black Bears in Missouri! is 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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