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Wild Edibles of the Ozarks

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. $12 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome. Click "Find Out More" to register!

Featured Speaker: Jim Jordan, Environmental Educator/Interpreter; Director of Programs, AIM High St. Louis

Taste and learn about dishes made from local edible plants as we explore Ozark tradition and lore. Ozark culture was shaped by its landscape, flora and fauna and many settlers foraged and hunted in the forests to supplement what they grew.

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Probiotics, Nutrition, and Aging Successfully

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Junior Academy Members, middle and high school students welcome. Click "Find Out More" to register.

Featured Speaker: John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch., Professor and Division Chief, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics - Internal Medicine

Join us for a fascinating look at what the science says on supplements and health as we uncover some of the mystery and misinformation that surrounds the use of probiotics, nutrition, and healthy aging.

Green to Go: The Science of Solid Waste

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Earthways Center Green Resources Manager, Jean Ponzi, covers plastics, packaging, batteries, electronics, household hazardous waste, compostables – and more in this informative and fascinating look at the Science of Solid Waste.

Science and Statistics Looks at Ferguson and Police Use of Deadly Force

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Featured Speaker: Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri - St. Louis

University of Missouri St. Louis criminologist and Founders professor, Richard Rosenfeld, examines four issues that emerged during the protests and community unrest associated with the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in August of 2014.

The Lost and (Found) Architectural Heritage of St. Louis

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Featured Speaker: Michael R. Allen, Director and Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office; Coordinator and Lecturer, American Culture Studies Program, Washington University – St. Louis University College

When the forces of economic and civic power give rise to great architecture, we rejoice. When the same forces, under different circumstances, destroy great buildings, we lament. Architectural historian Michael R. Allen presents stories from the city’s lost architectural history, as well as buildings that were replaced with equal or greater works of architecture, and how public memory can keep any building alive eternally.

Plants of the Bible

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Featured Speaker: John Hensley, St. Louis Master Gardner, Missouri Botanical Garden Volunteer

Have you ever wondered if there was a real burning bush, or manna? What is gall? From Genesis to Revelations, there are numerous references to plants in the Bible. St. Louis Master Gardener, John Hensley, gives you the answers to these and other interesting questions in this insightful talk on plants that were important to the people of the Bible and that are referenced in their stories.

HELP! What’s on My Tray? Cafeteria Catalysts are Transforming School Lunches in St. Louis

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Featured Speaker: Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, Ph.D., R.D., Academy of Science Fellow; Chair and Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Saint Louis University

Healthy Eating with Local Produce (HELP) is a grant-funded Farm to School program and the brainchild of Academy Fellow, Mildred Beman. HELP works to process local crops into foods that can be used in school cafeterias throughout the school year– tomatoes into marinara, sweet potatoes into sweet potato fries, apples into applesauce.

Faulty Flood Statistics and Public Safety

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Featured Speaker: Robert Criss, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

The succession of recent Mid-western floods includes many new records, demonstrating official estimates for flood risk are incorrect. This serious error arises from the neglect of attention to progressive changes to climate, land use, and river channels in the underlying statistical analysis. A familiar result is the current overuse of terms such as “another 100-year flood,” but far more serious consequences are underpriced flood insurance, floodplain developments, levee failures, flooded nuclear power plants, and counterproductive, uneconomical river projects. The superiority of revised risk calculations that accommodate temporal change is testable, but the implementation of better methodology by relevant agencies can be impeded by institutional hubris that includes chronic dismissal of failure. Don’t miss this important talk on assessing flood risk in the Midwest.

The Brain in Love

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome. Register below.

Featured Speaker: Sandra J.E. Langeslag, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Neurocognition of Emotion and Motivation Lab, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri - St. Louis

In humans, romantic love consists of three independent systems: sexual desire, infatuation, and attachment. University of Missouri – St. Louis psychology professor and researcher, Sandra Langeslag, talks about the interaction between infatuation and cognition in this illuminating look at The Brain in Love.

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Cognitive Health for Older Immigrants in St. Louis

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Lisa Willoughby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Multidisciplinary Aging and Cognition Research Lab, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University

Dr. Willoughby’s research program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cognitive changes and health-related concerns in late adulthood. Her lab, the Multidisciplinary Aging and Cognition Research Lab, is a part of the Saint Louis University Memory and Aging Research Lab in the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University. In her community-based research program, Dr. Willoughby examines the factors associated with the well-being of older immigrants in the St. Louis area.

London Bridge is Falling Down: The Physics of Four Bridge Failures

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

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Featured Speaker: Bernard J. Feldman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri - St. Louis and Associate Dean, Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program, University of Missouri - St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis

Physicist and physics professor, Bernard Feldman shares the physics behind the failure of four bridges: the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the London Millennium Footbridge, the Nimitz Freeway, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in this fascinating look at bridge building physics failures. All four of these failures have alternate explanations and all these explanations—correct ones, incorrect ones, and inconclusive ones, involve simple physics that can explain four very complicated events.

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I Forgot to Pick Up the Milk: Some Surprising Findings on Memory and Aging

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Mark McDaniel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis and author, Prospective Memory and Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging

-- lecture and book signing

A forgotten telephone number, a name you can’t recall, remembering to pick up milk on the way home, remembering the way home. What is the difference between normal memory change and Alzheimer’s disease? Is it possible to reverse memory decline? Explore the challenges and get real strategies for improving your memory. Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

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Stress on the Brain: How Stress Affects the Way We Think, Remember, and Connect with Others

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Check the calendar for additional talks in the series, UNFORGETTABLE: TALKS ON The Science of Memory on May 19.

Featured Speaker: Tony W. Buchanan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Experimental Program: Cognition and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University

Everyone believes that stress leads to poor memory. But stress is necessary for survival and can also have positive effects on memory function as well as on how we relate to other people. Recent work from Saint Louis University professor, Dr. Tony Buchanan's lab demonstrates that stress is not all bad and, under some conditions, plays a positive role in how we interact with others.

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Make it Stick: Strategies for Successful Learning

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Check the calendar for additional talks in the series, UNFORGETTABLE: TALKS ON The Science of Memory on May 13.

Featured Speaker: Henry L. Roediger, III, Ph.D., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, Memory Lab, Washington University in St. Louis; and co-author, Make It Stick, The Science of Successful Learning

-- lecture and book signing; Books available for purchase and signing by the author.

Cramming and highlighting aren’t the golden tickets to long-term recall. Psychological research shows that people often use ineffective strategies to learn and remember. Washington University Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences, Henry Roediger, talks about why this happens, discusses which common strategies are ineffective and should be avoided, and describes strategies that promote effective learning and long-term remembering.

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On the Rocks: Asteroids, Comets and Cocktails

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Rich Heuermann, Administrative Officer, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and campus Outreach Program Coordinator, NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium, ret’d., Washington University in St. Louis

What do comets and asteroids tell us about the early days and formation of our solar system? Robotic missions are now in orbit around an asteroid and a comet, but human missions are likely in the future. Marvel at NASA and European images from the spacecraft that are exploring these ancient worlds of ice and rock, learn about the results from their explorations and peek at the future of human missions while you sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail in this out of this world talk on asteroids and comets.

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Changes in Memory and Cognition with Normal Aging and Beyond

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Check the calendar for additional talks in the series, UNFORGETTABLE: TALKS ON The Science of Memory on March 12, 26 and May 13.

Featured Speaker: Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director, Neuropsychology Division, Department of Neurology & Psychiatry, Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University neuropsychologist, Dr. Lauren Schwarz, discusses the common cognitive changes that occur with aging and pays particular attention to how to differentiate between normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and dementia.

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Backyard Folklore: The History and Use of Native Missouri Wildflowers

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Ashley Glenn, Research Specialist, Sacred Seeds Program Manager and American Indian Ethnobotany Program Manager, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden

When you look out your window you may see weeds, scrub, or pretty flowers, but the Native American living in our region found food, medicine, and magic. Learn the stories of these useful plant species in the St. Louis area and how to use them yourself in this fun and fact-filled look at Missouri’s Sacred Seeds.

Bitter Melon’s Sweet Promise: Fruits and Vegetables Contribute to Cancer Prevention

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Ratna B. Ray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Join Saint Louis University professor, Dr. Ratna Ray, as she discusses her research on dietary products, such as bitter melon extract, and their role in cancer therapy and prevention.

Wild Edibles of the Ozarks

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Registration required. $12 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

Featured Speaker: Jim Jordan, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Come learn about and taste dishes made from local edible plants as we explore Ozark tradition and lore. Ozark culture was shaped by its landscape, flora and fauna and many settlers foraged and hunted in the forests to supplement what they grew.

$12

From the Wild to the Plate

OASIS at the Center of Clayton 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Patti Wright, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages, University of Missouri - St. Louis Food Crops of American origin—chocolate, chili peppers, corn, manioc, peanuts, potatoes, squashes, and tomatoes—provide nourishment and dietary variety to millions of people throughout the world. Have you ever wondered how the tomato, once considered unfit to eat, became […]