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November 2019

Astronomy on Tap

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Registration not required. FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Free parking Urban Chestnut east side lot, or street.

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

Featured Topics and Speakers:

See the Universe like Superman—Building the X-ray Telescopes of Tomorrow

Speaker: Manel Errando, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

Black Holes and Neutron Stars at Their Extremes: 20 Years of Chandra X-ray Observatory Discoveries

Speaker: Mike Nowak, Ph.D., Research Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

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Invasive Species Solutions: When Science, Policy, and Stewardship Converge

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Speaker Series Event

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration is Required. Register by Thursday, November 7. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. CLICK Find Out More to Register.

PROGRAM
6:00 p.m. Check-in and Networking | Hors d’oeuvres/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Formal Presentations

Invited field experts share the science of invasion biology, the urgent need to manage existing and emerging invasive species, the role citizens can play in changing policy to preserve biodiversity, and how sustained stewardship can restore and heal landscapes and whole communities.

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Teen Science Cafe—Combating Cancer: Using Stem Cells to Explore Treatments for Leukemia

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. PRE-REGISTRATION for Junior Academy members ONLY thru Friday, November 15. General registration opens Saturday, November 16. Click Find Out More/Event Information to register!

To join the Junior Academy of Science, or to find out more about the benefits of membership in the Junior Academy, click here.

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6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner and Icebreaker
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Presentation & Activities

Featured Cafe Presenter: John F. DiPersio, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center; Virginia E. and Samuel J. Golman Endowed Professor of Oncology; and Chief, Division of Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Leukemia is a disease that affects adults and children; it is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers. Oncologist, Dr. John DiPersio’s research focuses on using blood stem cells for transplantation and genetic interventions to fight leukemia. This can include gene editing of T cells, one type of immune system cell. Learn how immunotherapy can make cancer treatment more effective. In this interactive Teen Cafe on fighting cancer, you’ll role play, research, argue, and defend your position in one of two medical ethics scenarios 1) around the use of HeLa cells, or 2) the use of aggressive clinical interventions in advanced cancer care treatment.

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Promoting Health and Social Justice in a Changing Environment

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
St. Louis County Library – Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Pl.
Chesterfield, MO 63017-4660 United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click Find Out More to Register!

Featured Speaker: Christine Ekenga, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health, and Faculty Co-Director, Environment and Social Development Initiative, Center for Social Development, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental changes, such as pollution, climate change, and natural and human-caused disasters, affect people worldwide. Environmental change is also a social justice issue. People with less social, economic, and political advantage are more likely to experience the negative effects of environmental change. Dr. Ekenga’s research examines how lifestyle, environmental, and occupational factors interact to influence health and well-being. She discusses local and global examples of environmental injustice in this important and timely talk on the impact of our changing environment on human health.

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December 2019

What Can the Past Tell Us About the Future of Climate Change?

Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131 United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click Find Out More to Register!

Featured Speaker: Tristam Kidder, Ph.D., Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Professor of Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Climates have changed, are changing, and will change in the future, but today humans are accelerating the pace of these changes. Washington University Anthropology Department Chair and Environmental Studies Professor, Dr. Tristam Kidder, uses archaeological and environmental information from ancient China to show how people in the past responded to climate changes and what these responses can tell us about the challenges we face with changing climates today.

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Science Distilled STL: Germs & Geography—Parasites and the Ways They Shape Our World

Monday, December 9, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall
4465 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States + Google Map

Registration not required. FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Free parking Urban Chestnut east side lot, or street.

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

Featured Speakers:

When Does the Bird Get the Germ? Demystifying Malaria in Tropical Birds
Speaker: Emma Young, doctoral candidate, Department of Biology, University of Missouri – St. Louis; founder, Science Distilled STL

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Raccoons and Racism in St. Louis
Speaker: Kelly Lane-deGraaf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Biological and Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Fontbonne University

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January 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Registration not required. FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Free parking Urban Chestnut east side lot, or street.

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

Featured Topics and Speakers:

The Dark Side of Light: Light Pollution and the Insect Apocolypse
Speaker: Brett Seymoure, Ph.D., Grossman Family Postdoctoral Fellow, Living Earth Collaborative, Washington University in St. Louis

Black Holes and Neutron Stars at Their Extremes: 20 Years of Chandra X-ray Observatory Discoveries
Speaker: Erika Gibb, Ph.D., Department Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri – St. Louis

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Who’s to Blame for Fake News? Probably You

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
St. Louis County Library – Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road
St. Louis, 63123 United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click Find Out More to register!

Featured Speaker: Amber Hinsley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Saint Louis University

It’s time to move beyond talking about the obvious ways to identify mis- and disinformation by learning why we fall for fake news (and we all do) and how to dissuade others of their fake-news beliefs. The fake news spectrum is wide, and purveyors of misinformation play on our inherent biases to “trick” us into believing half-truths and falsehoods. Join us to learn how to recognize your own biases and find out how to effectively confront others about their misinformed beliefs.

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Immigration Then and Now: Exploring The Making of Undocumented Immigrants

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Ariela Schachter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Throughout the history of the United States, federal laws and policies have been used to determine who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and who should be excluded. Sociologist, Ariela Schachter, explores how historical and contemporary policies have contributed to current debates and understandings of undocumented immigration.

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February 2020

Science Distilled STL: Spikes and Stripes—The Hidden World of Mosses and Bees

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Registration not required. FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Free parking Urban Chestnut east side lot, or street.

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

Featured Speakers and Topics:

Mossin’ Around: The Hidden Lives of Tiny Plants
Speaker: Adam Rembert, Restoration Ecology Assistant, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Insect Apocalypse? How Citizens and Scientists are Uniting to Support Bees
Speaker: Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Ph.D., Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Assistant Professor, Biological Science Department, Webster University; 2019 Academy of Science – St. Louis Outstanding St. Louis Science Educator

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The Land of Cinnamon and Gold: 500 Years of Amazon Science and Exploration

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Featured Speaker: Thomas Lovejoy, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation; Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, College of Science, George Mason University

The Amazon is as big as the 48 contiguous United States and represents the greatest terrestrial repository of biodiversity on Earth. The Amazon river system contains 20 percent of all the world’s river water and more species of fish than any other river. It has been inhabited for millennia by very sophisticated indigenous tribes, some of which remain uncontacted. Not surprisingly, the Amazon has drawn the attention of scientists and explorers. Thomas Lovejoy presents the highlights of exploration and science from the 1539-1541 expedition of Francisco de Orellana up to the present day.

The Land of Cinnamon and Gold is a Conservation Conversation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Living Earth Collaborative Center for Biodiversity. Special thanks to co-sponsors the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of MIssouri-St. Louis, the American Association of University Women, and the Tuesday Women’s Association of The Ethical Society of St. Louis.
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Teen Science Cafe: A CRISPR Way to Develop a Winter Crop for the Midwest

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park, 1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. PRE-REGISTRATION for Junior Academy members ONLY thru Friday, February 14. General registration opens Saturday, February 15. Click Find Out More to Register!

To join the Junior Academy of Science, or to find out more about the benefits of membership in the Junior Academy, click here.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Catherine Espinoza Patharkar, Ph.D., Senior Molecular Biology Scientist, CoverCress, Inc.

CoverCress is a startup company focused on developing a new cover cash crop for the American Midwest. Molecular Biologist, Catherine Espinoza Patharkar, discusses how CoverCress is using gene editing to rapidly domesticate pennycress into a crop that produces a high-quality biofuel and animal feed, while protecting the soil during the winter. In this interactive teen cafe, you’ll play the role of a gene detective and use bioinformatics tools to understand how gene editing technology, CRISPR, targets, deletes or repairs DNA and results in the CoverCress crop.

Can’t make the Academy’s A CRISPR Way teen cafe on Thursday, February 20? Register to attend A CRISPR Way teen cafe at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Taylor Community Resource Center on Wednesday, February 19.

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Madagascar: From Crisis to Conservation Opportunity

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 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: Andrea Baden, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York

Primatologist and lemur specialist Andrea Baden describes her recent work with Madagascar’s critically endangered ruffed lemur (Genus Varecia), an important seed disperser and indicator of rainforest health, and shares how her results are being used to inform conservation practice in an effort to save this endemic island rainforest species.

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How and Why Do Insects Sing with Vibrations?

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
St. Louis County Library – Rock Road Branch, 10267 St Charles Rock Road
St. Ann, MO 63074 United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click Find Out More to Register!

Featured Speaker: Kasey Fowler-Finn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University

Most insects that sing produce songs that travel through plant stems as vibrations. Learn more about vibrational singing, including: which insects (and other animals!) do it, how they produce these sounds, and why they are singing at all. There is an entire world of insect song out there just waiting to be heard!

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March 2020

Astronomy on Tap

Monday, March 9, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

Registration not required. FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Free parking Urban Chestnut east side lot, or street.

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

Featured Topics and Speakers:

Black Holes and Disk Warps: Exploring Warped Accretion Disks with X-Ray Polarimetry

Featured Speaker: Quin Abarr, Graduate Student, Department of Physics, and McDonnell Center Graduate Fellow, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Dark Side of the Universe: Black Holes and Dark Matter

Featured Speaker: James Buckley, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis; 2004 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

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Science Open House is CANCELLED!

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Bayer Center, 4500 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL! Registration not required.

Go behind the science with Missouri Botanical Garden botanists at the Bayer Center (4500 Shaw Blvd.), and learn how they are working to conserve plants locally and around the world.

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April 2020

Science Distilled STL: BAT NIGHT — Natural History. Seed Dispersal. Human Disease Connections.

Monday, April 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

A FREE, ON-LINE Socially Distant Science Happy Hour

Open to the public. All ages welcome! The fun starts 7PM, this Monday, April 13! CLICK Find Out More for the link to join us on Monday, April 13, 7PM, CST!

Are you confused by all the talk of bats and the novel coronavirus? Or more generally, are you a bat fan? Or maybe you just wish you could still attend a science happy hour in these strange times? Well we can help you out! We’re going on-line with our April event, so we can still have our science happy hour while hunkering down. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and settle in. We’ll be bringing you THREE speakers instead of the usual two, and things are going to get pretty batty!

The lineup!

Show Me Bats: A Day in the Life of Missouri Bats
Featured Speaker: Jenny Mullikin, Ph.D., student, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University

Too Much Sauce: When Spicy Fruit Defenses Repel Bat Seed Dispersers
Featured Speaker: Justin Baldwin, Ph.D., student, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University

Bats and Human Diseases: What’s the Relationship and How Does it Affect Us?
Featured Speaker: Juan Moreira-Hernandez, Ph.D., candidate, Department of Biology and Harris World Ecology Center, University of Missouri – St. Louis

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CANCELLED! Science in STL Series April Seminar

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
St. Louis County Library – Bridgeton Trails Branch, 3455 McKelvey Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044 United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited.

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

We hope to reschedule! Stay tuned!

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May 2020

Virtual STEAM Night for Teens: Technology

Thursday, May 7, 2020 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

Teens explore an array of college majors and minors and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics at Virtual STEAM Nights.

FREE and OPEN to ALL Teens Ages 13 – 18, Junior Academy of Science Members, and members of The Academy’s STEM Teens Youth Leadership Council.

Registration is required! Click the Event Information link below to register and meet your Technology Track Virtual STEAM Night featured speakers!

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Astronomy on Tap

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

A FREE, ONLINE Socially Distant Astronomy Happy Hour

FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Registration not required. CLICK the Event Information link below for the YouTube Live link to join us on May 11 at 7PM CST.

We’re going online with our May event, so we can still have our astronomy happy hour while hunkering down. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and settle in.

The Lineup!

Reading the Martian Rock Record: Stories from a Previously Habitable World
Featured Speaker: Kirsten L. Siebach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

Back to the Surface: Scouting Lunar Landing Sites from Orbit
Featured Speaker: Ryan Watkins, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Planetary Science Institute

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