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March 2020

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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Citizen Science Virtual Training Sessions for Shutterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Your Backyard!, St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee!

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! See below.

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior. We need your help to figure it out! To maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, VIRTUAL training and support is provided as you learn to conduct these surveys.

Interested in joining the Shutterbee project? Click the Event Information link to fill out the Shutterbee Registration Survey and sign up for the first training session.

Wednesday May 20th: 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday May 21st: 6:00-7:30 PM

Saturday May 23rd: 10:00-11:30 AM

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Citizen Science Virtual Training Sessions for Shutterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Your Backyard!, St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee!

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! See below.

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior. We need your help to figure it out! To maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, VIRTUAL training and support is provided as you learn to conduct these surveys.

Interested in joining the Shutterbee project? Click the Event Information link to fill out the Shutterbee Registration Survey and sign up for the first training session.

Wednesday May 20th: 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday May 21st: 6:00-7:30 PM

Saturday May 23rd: 10:00-11:30 AM

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Citizen Science Virtual Training Sessions for Shutterbee! Backyard Bee Photography to Improve Conservation Practices

Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Your Backyard!, St. Louis, MO United States

Feeling shut in? Get out with Shutterbee!

Registration for training and participation in Shutterbee required! See below.

Enjoy some sunshine, learn about your backyard bees, and join a fantastic community of bee enthusiasts! We invite you to help us track bees throughout the St. Louis region by hanging out in your own backyard. The goals of this project are to understand how landscape features and land management decisions affect bee diversity and behavior. We need your help to figure it out! To maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, VIRTUAL training and support is provided as you learn to conduct these surveys.

Interested in joining the Shutterbee project? Click the Event Information link to fill out the Shutterbee Registration Survey and sign up for the first training session.

Wednesday May 20th: 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday May 21st: 6:00-7:30 PM

Saturday May 23rd: 10:00-11:30 AM

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Virtual STEAM Night for Teens: Engineering

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

Teens can explore an array of college majors and minors and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics with university students 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 Engineering Track Virtual STEAM Night featured speakers!

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June 2020

Virtual STEAM Night for TEENS: Mathematics

Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

Teens can explore an array of college majors and minors and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics with university students 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 Mathematics Track Virtual STEAM Night featured speakers!

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Astronomy on Tap

Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

A FREE, ONLINE Socially Distant Astronomy Sunday Fun Day!

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 June 28 at 1PM CST.

We’re online with our June event. Avoid the midday heat and grab a drink and a bite to eat and settle in!

The Lineup!

Finding the Earliest Quasars
Featured Speaker: Sophie Reed, Ph.D., Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Astrophysical Science, Princeton University

Black Astronomy
Featured Speaker: Ashley Walker, Research Assistant, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Astrochemist, and Planetary Scientist, Chicago State University

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July 2020

On Science Happy Hour: Mars and Martinis—A Tourist’s Guide to Mars

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned for more upcoming On Science Happy Hours shortly!

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome. Zoom Happy Hour event link and password sent via email one hour prior to the event. Click the Event Link below to register.

Featured Speaker: Rich Heuermann, NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador; retired Administrative Officer, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Outreach Program Coordinator, NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium, Washington University in St. Louis

NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, Rich Heuermann, introduces us to Mars—the planet, shares some of the science results and spectacular images produced by NASA orbiters and surface rovers, and wraps up with a look at possibilities for the first human bases and settlements.

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September 2020

Astronomy on Tap Celebrates Spanish Heritage Month

Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNPkic4YrM8

A FREE, ONLINE Socially Distant Astronomy Monday Fun Day!

FREE. Open to the public. All ages welcome! Registration not required. Click the YouTube link above to join!

It’s a Monday Fun Day with Astronomy on Tap in Spanish at 7PM, CST, this Monday, September 28, via YouTube Live. Astronomy on tap STL celebrates Spanish Heritage Month with its first ever broadcast in Spanish. Our guests, Luz Maria Martinez with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dr. Elena Manjavacas with the W. M. Keck Observatory, will talk to us about the study of radiation on Mars and the search for planets.

¡Acompáñennos en nuestro primer evento en español! ¡Abierto a todos! Haga clic en el enlace de YouTube de arriba para unirse.

Nuestras invitadas, Luz María Martinez (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) y la Dra. Elena Manjavacas (W. M. Keck Observatory), nos hablarán acerca del estudio de la radiación en Marte y de la búsqueda de planetas.

¡ADOLESCENTES! ¡Muchos maestros ofrecen crédito adicional por asistir a los eventos de la Academia! ¡Consulta con tu maestro hoy!

TEENS! Many teachers offer extra credit for attending Academy events! Check with your teacher today!

Astronomy on Tap is brought to you in partnership with The Academy of Science – St. Louis and JPL Solar System Ambassador, Andrés Alejandro Plazas Malagón. Astronomy on Tap Celebrates Spanish Heritage Month 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. Special thanks to Astronomy on Tap program sponsor, Washington University in St. Louis Department of Physics.

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October 2020

Hubble Highlights: Three Decades of Discovery

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

St. Louis County Library Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. CLICK the Event Information link below to REGISTER! Registrants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Rich Heuermann, NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador; retired Administrative Officer, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Outreach Program Coordinator, NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium, Washington University in St. Louis

A look at Hubble’s launch, repair missions, and some of the major discoveries that have resulted from Hubble images of planets, star clusters, interstellar dust clouds, and galaxies.

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Teen Science Cafe: Picture a Scientist—documentary film screening and panel discussion

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

Academy of Science – Zoom

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited. FREE and OPEN to high school students in grades 9-12 ONLY. Please note a separate liability waiver for this cafe must also be completed by a parent/guardian for each attending teen. Deadline to register is Monday, Oct 26, 4p.m., CST. Click the Event Information link below for more information and to REGISTER!

If you’re a high school teen who likes science, you won’t want to miss this interactive virtual Science Cafe for Teens featuring a screening of the documentary film, Picture a Scientist, an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, you can ask your questions of three local women scientists who share their experiences and stories as women in science along with advice for overcoming bias, obstacles, and hardships, and with tips for persevering in STEM.

Picture a Scientist is a Gateway Teen Science Cafe Event of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis presented in partnership with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science and the Zonta Club of St. Louis.

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The Vote: What St. Louis Men Expected, What St. Louis Women Did

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

Missouri History Museum – Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. CLICK HERE (and then scroll down) for the ZOOM link to JOIN!

Featured Speaker: Linda Harris Dobkins, Ph.D., author and Professor Emerita of Economics, Emory and Henry College

Economist Linda Harris Dobkins, offers us a look at the political/economic calculus that led Missouri legislators to give St. Louis women the vote. After which, we’ll analyze the actions of the early female electorate to see if St. Louis women fulfilled, or frustrated, St. Louis mens’ expectations.

The Vote: What St. Louis Men Expected, What St. Louis Women Did is a Perspectives on Science and History Series presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum and a Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Zonta Club of St. Louis, presented in conjunction with the Museum exhibition, Beyond the Ballot: St. Louis and Suffrage, on display at the Missouri History Museum through March 20, 2022.

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November 2020

Drinking Water as a Living System

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

St. Louis County Library – Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. CLICK the Event Information link below to REGISTER! Registrants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.

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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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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Oceans Ahoy! NASA’s Plans to Explore the Subsurface Seas of the Outer Solar System’s Icy Satellites

Thursday, November 19, 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, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required! Click the Event Information button below to register for the Zoom link to attend this event.

Speaker: William B. McKinnon, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

You may have heard that certain icy moons of the outer Solar System harbor hidden oceans of liquid water. Well, it’s true! We have excellent evidence, if not proof, that there is such an ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa and on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Dr. William McKinnon describes how this evidence was discovered and shares NASA’s exciting plans to explore these exotic — and potentially habitable — realms.

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Astronomy on Tap

Monday, November 30, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
YouTube Live, St. Louis, MO United States

An Online Socially Distant Monday Astronomy Fun Day!

FREE! Open to the public. All ages welcome! Registration not required. CLICK the Event Information button below for more information and the YouTube link to join on November 30, 7PM, CST.

The Lineup!

Space Fungi: How Can Something Grow Where it’s Impossible to Survive?
Featured Speaker: Daniel P. Agustinho, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, The Doering Lab, Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Studying the Oldest Light in the Universe
Featured Speaker: Johanna Nagy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

Astronomy on Tap is brought to you in partnership with The Academy of Science – St. Louis and JPL Solar System Ambassador, Andrés Alejandro Plazas Malagón. Presented in collaboration with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Zonta Club of St. Louis. Special thanks to Astronomy on Tap program sponsor, Washington University in St. Louis Department of Physics.

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