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2015 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum: Conservation of the Bees

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

This event is full! If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact johnsa@umsl.edu.

The Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public.

FREE and OPEN to ALL, but Registration is Required. A box dinner and light refreshments are included. To register, email johnsa@umsl.edu, or call (314)-516-4246.

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Arctic Journeys in a Changing World

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required.

– Lecture & book signing: Copies of One Island, One Ocean will be available for purchase and signing by the author, following the presentation.

Featured Speaker: David Thoreson is a professional photographer and explorer from Lake Okoboji, Iowa. David has been on adventures much of his life, photographing, exploring and studying the oceans and polar regions of the world. He is the first American sailor in history to accomplish the infamous Northwest Passage in both directions. His striking work has appeared in a broad spectrum of media, from PBS and the Smithsonian to a recent TED Talk. His ABC documentary on the 28,000-mile scientific voyage around the North and South American continents was nominated for a 2011 Emmy.When home at his Iowa studio he operates a fine art gallery featuring his photography work.

In this fascinating multi-media presentation, David includes stories of his three Arctic sailing expeditions and the quest for the infamous Northwest Passage. He begins with the 1994 passage attempt aboard the 57' sailboat Cloud Nine in which the crew of six became trapped in the Arctic’s dense pack ice and barely escaped. Thirteen years later, in 2007, David and crew were successful in traveling along famed explorer Roald Amundsen's route and became the first American sailboat in history to accomplish an east to west NW Passage. During this 7000-mile voyage, in just 73 days, their small vessel did not touch one piece of ice in the Arctic, and personally witnessed a forty-percent loss of ice in just thirteen years.

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The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution: Explaining Cognition Mechanistically

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required.

Featured Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director, Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri - St. Louis; founder of the on-line blog, http://philosophyofbrains.com/ and author of the soon to be released, Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account

Is cognition a kind of computation? Are our brains really like computers? Cognitive neuroscience aims to explain cognition, how we think, experience and sense the world around us, by uncovering computational and representational mechanisms across multiple levels of organization. This raises the question of what physical computation is-- what does, and does not count as computing, and how representations come about. Recent advances in our understanding of both physical computation and representation help us illuminate the way that cognitive neuroscientists explain cognitive functions.

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Warriors, Women and Wildlife – Carnivore Conservation in Tanzania’s Ruaha Landscape

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World (Zoo North Entrance), 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Amy Dickman is the Director of the Ruaha Carnivore Project, a Kaplan Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, and has worked on big cat conservation for nearly 20 years

Lions are one of the world’s most iconic species but are in serious trouble, with only 10 large populations remaining worldwide. Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape supports a tenth of the world’s lions as well as globally significant populations of other threatened carnivores. This lecture provides a fascinating insight into how Dr. Amy Dickman established the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) and developed an effective community-based lion conservation initiative, against a backdrop of extreme poverty and cultural killing of lions. Amy explains RCP’s work and achievements so far, and discusses some of the wider complexities involved in maintaining dangerous big cats like lions in an ever more human-dominated world.

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The Impact of the Punta San Juan Program on Peru’s Marine Protected Reserve System

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Susana Cardenas Alayza, Director Punta San Juan Program, Center for Environmental Sustainability/Cayetano Heredia University of Lima

Punta San Juan is currently home to Peru's largest colony of Threatened Humboldt penguins and holds important colonies of South American fur seals, sea lions and guano birds. The goal of this program is to support government managers to further protect the Punta San Juan site and keep its populations ecologically viable and its area efficiently protected through sound science.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.

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The Elephant on the Curb

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Wanda Evans, Saint Louis Zoo Sustainability Coordinator, Marlene Katz and Annette Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo Docents

On average, each American today produces 102 tons of garbage throughout their lifetime, that's about the size of 20 large male Asian elephants! Although it sounds bleak, there are solutions and your actions can take to make a difference. Tips will be offered for individuals to take corrective action and information will be provided about ways the Saint Louis Zoo is reducing waste. You can also help the Saint Louis Zoo achieve their institutional waste reduction goals!

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.

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Curiosity Revealed the Cat: Domesticating the Cat Genome

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL.

Featured Speaker: Wes Warren, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Comparative Genomics, The Genome Institute at Washington University, Animal Comparative Genomics

Join Washington University Genome Institute genetics professor, and the study’s senior author, Wes Warren, for the inside scoop on the molecular events and genetic roots associated with the domestication of our feline friends.

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Trust Your Gut: A Microbial View of Human Development– The Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.

Featured Speaker: Jeffrey I Gordon, M.D., Academy Fellow and 2012 Peter H. Raven Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Lifetime Award recipient; Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor of Pathology/Immunology, and Director, Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine

We are witnessing dramatic alterations in how and what we eat. At the same time, we are experiencing rapid expansion of our human population and great challenges related to sustainable agriculture. The coalescence of these forces is creating a need for sustained innovation in identifying affordable new food sources and new highly nutritious foods.

Studies of the human gut microbiome are beginning to have a disruptive effect on our views of human nutrition. Research platforms are being implemented to determine the effects on the gut microbiome of existing foods, or those we envision creating; and, reciprocally, the effects of the microbiome on the biotransformation of these foods.

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Reversing Time, Photoacoustics and Other Optical Breakthroughs in Biomedical Imaging

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Lihong Wang, Ph.D., Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis; Academy Fellow and recipient, 2014 Academy of Science James B. Eads Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.

Learn more about these important engineering breakthroughs in this fascinating talk with internationally renowned photoacoustics expert, Lihong Wang.

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Bumblebees, Birds and Genius Flies: How Animals Learn to Make Choices

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Aimee Dunlap, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Missouri - St. Louis How do animals track changes in their environment? When should animals learn about some things better than others, and when should they not learn at all? Should some things be forgotten more quickly? In this fascinating look […]

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2014 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum Biodiversity and Human Development in Madagascar: Lessons from the 8th Continent

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

FREE and OPEN to ALL, but Registration is Required. A box dinner and light refreshments are included.

The Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public. This year's invited Forum Speakers address the social, political and economic context of conservation in Madagascar, the history of conservation efforts, and current research priorities.

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Heavens, What a Mess! How to Deal with the Problem of Space Debris

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: William Schonberg, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, F. ASME, Assoc F. AIAA, Department Chair, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.

Where does space debris come from? How much space junk is really out there? What happens when a spacecraft is hit by a piece of space junk? Get the answers to these and all your questions about space junk in this fascinating, out-of-this-world talk on our messy heavens.

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How a Hat Saved a Cat

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Since 2000, Brad Rutherford has been the director of the Snow Leopard Trust where he has drawn on his experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to develop conservation programs that protect snow leopards and improve the lives of local communities in the cat’s range. For the past 15 years, Brad Rutherford, Director of […]

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Hope is the Thing With Feathers: Americans and Three Birds

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Lecture & book signing. Featured Speaker: Joel Greenberg, Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum; author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region and A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. Join us for a lecture and book signing […]

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The Connection Between Brains and Machines Will Change Everything

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Neurosurgeon, scientist, and author of the fictional thriller, RedDevil4, Dr. Eric Leuthardt, talks about how science is decoding the brain and how the technology of the future will fundamentally alter the human experience. Whether it’s improved medical therapies for stroke, or downloading memories, the rapidly blurring line between humans and machines will change the way we live our lives. Dr. Leuthardt explores emerging discoveries in brain computer interfaces and speculates on their social and ethical implications in this fascinating look at the narrowing interface between humans and machines.

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Sustainability 101: Grounding Green Across the Gateway Region

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Shifts in thinking, practice and values are essential to making sustainable options work—especially in business, where cost-effective outcomes must quantify the quality of green ideas. This change is happening across our community, in public and private spaces.

Jean Ponzi shares a vivid progress report from her perspective of 25 years as an environmental educator and advocate, engaging youth and adults around a wide range of environmental issues, including coaching over 100 of our region's leading companies in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Her tour of this garden of success stories will inspire hope, affirm individual and group green efforts, and motivate more of the cooperative innovations needed to transform our human/nature relationship outcomes.

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New Directions in Alzheimer’s Disease Research from Cure to Prevention

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: John C. Morris, M.D., Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Pathology and Immunlogy, Professor of Physical Therapy, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis; Director of the Center for Aging, the Memory and Aging Project and the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center; 2013 […]

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From Sand to Silicon: Semiconductors

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Graham Fisher, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, SunEdison; Academy of Science - St. Louis Trustee What is a semiconductor anyway? And why is silicon so special? Silicon Valley, the silicon economy… Silicon, the most studied element on Earth is the foundation of the $1.5 trillion electronics industry. And it’s very likely that some of the […]

Super Lasers: How Lasers Work and What They’re Used For

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jack Glassman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Have you ever wondered how lasers work? What about what they're used for? Believe it or not, you probably use lasers on a daily basis. From computers and disk readers to military use and general exploration, this light-base technology has become essential to socity. In this […]

The Asian Elephant’s Conservation Conundrums

Saint Louis Zoo 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO

The Asian elephant has enjoyed a close cultural relationship with people for over four millenia and yet is more threatened than its African cousin. This lecture provides an overview of the status and conservation challenges facing the lesser known elephant throughout its range as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and the ensuing conflicts with people.