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Who’s to Blame for Fake News? Probably You

St. Louis County Library - Weber Road Branch 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis

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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CubeSats: Toys, Tools, or Debris Cloud?

St. Louis County Library - Weber Road Branch 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis

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: Michael Swartwout, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Saint Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology

Saint Louis University Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering professor, Michael Swartwout, reviews the recent history of CubeSats and addresses this question: are these mere toys, useful tools, or will they just contribute to the cloud of debris in Earth's orbit?

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Bats, Birds, and Bellflowers: The Evolution of Specialized Pollination in the Tropics

St. Louis County Library - Weber Road Branch 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis

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: Nathan Muchhala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Missouri - St. Louis

In the tropics many specialized bats visit flowers, pollinating them in exchange for the sugar-rich nectar they provide. In this multimedia presentation rich with stunning photos and video, biologist Nathan Muchhala discusses the intricate, mutualistic dance between pollinators and flowers in the tropics, as each evolve specialized traits to better perform their roles in providing nectar and transferring pollen.

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Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats

St. Louis County Library - Weber Road Branch 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis

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: 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

The Academy's 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas, offers a compelling look at how new DNA sequencing and computational technologies reveal an intricate network of antibiotic resistance exchange between bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments.