fbpx

The Work of the Engineers Without Borders USA Gateway Professional Chapter

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 name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Engineers:
Chad Olney, Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Kansas City District Extension Office, St. Louis; Project Lead, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Chapter Community Engineering Corps project, Vacant Lots to Parks, Connecting Hodiamont Tracks
Bridget Hart, Software Engineer, Mastercard; Vice President, Engineers Without Borders Gateway Professional Chapter

Learn about the basics of Engineers Without Borders - USA's project process and the local Gateway Chapter's water supply/sanitation programs in Bolivia and Nicaragua, its local infrastructure, volunteer projects in St. Louis, and opportunities for members of the community to get involved.

      

Free

A Survey of Missouri’s Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Using Citizen Science

Zoom

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Deborah Hudman, MS, Senior Research Associate, Microbiology and Immunology, A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

There is a pressing need to increase tick surveillance in Missouri. New human pathogens transmitted by ticks are being discovered, and the state has a diverse and abundant tick community that is poorly understood. Using citizen science, we can develop information on patterns in tick-borne health issues statewide and simultaneously convert the public from passive recipients of information to active participants in scientific study. This project began in April 2021 and will continue through September 2022. To date, over 15,000 ticks have been submitted and all but one county has submitted at least one tick.

      

Free

Satellite Remote Sensing and Modeling of Air Quality

Zoom

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 name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register. Zoom event link sent w/confirmation email.

Featured Speaker: Randall Martin, Ph.D., Raymond R. Tucker Distinguished Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering and Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Outdoor air quality is the leading global environmental determinant of longevity. However, ground-level monitoring remains sparse in many regions of the world. Satellite remote sensing offers global data to fill these gaps. Global modeling plays a critical role in interpreting these satellite observations. These information sources indicate pronounced variation in air quality around the world, with implications for global public health.

The NASA Connection is a special partnership series of The Academy of Science - St. Louis and the NASA SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADORS - Southern Illinois.

Free

What Television Shows Like CSI Don’t Tell You About Forensic Science

Zoom

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Click the event name, or the orange Event Information button, for more information and to register! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Erik Hall, Ph.D., Director of Forensic Science and Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Saint Louis University

Erik Hall, Director of Forensic Science at Saint Louis University and former Biology technical leader at the St. Louis City Crime Lab, discusses the role of the forensic scientist, covers scientific techniques used by police to solve crime, and dispels some myths about CSI. Bring your Sherlock Holmes caps as we discuss DNA, fingerprints, bloodstain pattern analysis, and other crime scene investigation techniques!

Free

Building Safe and Sustainable Batteries

Zoom

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

Featured Speaker: Peng Bai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled great cellphones, portable power tools, and electric cars. But we also experience their limitations and witness their safety problems. What can we do to make them better? Are there more sustainable alternatives? Research in the Lab of Peng Bai at Washington University is paving new ways, following the guidance of the basic but fascinating science.

Free

Missouri Songbirds, Raptors, and Citizen 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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Janet Haslerig, Ph.D., Avian Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri is home to an abundance of songbirds and raptors. Learn about a long-term songbird research project and citizen science opportunities available through the Eagle Watch Program and the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

      

Free

The Missouri Dinosaur

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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Guy Darrough, Curator, Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center; Owner and artist, Lost World Studios

On October 15, 2021, with the help of a crane, 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) of fossilized Parrosaurus missouriensis, the Missouri State Dinosaur, was excavated near Glen Allen, Missouri, by researchers from The Field Museum in Chicago and the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center, to make its way to the Field Museum for preparation, research, and eventual display. Hear the story of one of Missouri’s most recent and exciting dinosaur finds from dig site director, Guy Darrough, a self-taught and highly accomplished fossil collector, fossil preparation expert, and illustrator who has worked in paleontology and related areas for more than 40 years.

Free

Science in St. Louis—CANCELLED

Zoom

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. This event has been cancelled!

This event has been cancelled!

Free

How Brains Perceive, Think, and Control Action: Neural Computation and Neural Representation

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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! ! Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini, Ph.D., Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director, Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri - St. Louis; author, Neurocognitive Mechanisms: Explaining Biological Cognition

Animals learn to act in a complex environment in ways that robots are still unable to replicate. In addition, people can think about things that may or may not be true and may not even exist, such as Peter Pan. How do we do it? Italian–American philosopher, Gualtiero Piccinini, presents some recent work on how our brains allow us to perceive, think, and control action.

Free

Mission Notebooks from Mars: NASA Data for Everyone

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 orange Event Information button for more information and to register. Zoom event link sent w/confirmation email.

Featured Speaker: Thomas Stein, Computer Systems Manager and NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node Operations Manager, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

NASA’s Mars rover science teams make decisions every day about where to go and what observations to make. Mission notebooks capture daily reports to add context to the vast data archive curated at Washington University in St. Louis and partner Planetary Data System facilities. The notebooks are used by students and scientists, and they are freely available to all. Washington University manages the “geosciences node” of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS) and works directly with NASA missions to help them generate data archives related to geology, geophysics, surface properties, and tectonics of planets.

The NASA Connection is a special partnership series of The Academy of Science - St. Louis and the NASA SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADORS - Southern Illinois.

Free

Microbes and Electricity – A Journey through Earth’s History

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 orange Information Button for more information and to register. Registrants receive Zoom link to join via email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Arpita Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator, the Bose Lab; Packard Foundation Fellow and Anant Fellow for Climate Action, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

In this fascinating talk on microbes and electricity, Arpita Bose talks about how the Bose Lab is studying modern microbes whose ancient relatives might have led to the deposition and formation of our largest source of iron ore in sedimentary rock structures called Banded Iron Formations (BIFs). Geologists and geo-microbiologists argue about the ancient microbiological processes that might have led to BIF deposition, including the seeming impossibility of microbes surrounded by rust to survive and even grow while being embedded in these iron coffins. Arpita and her Bose Lab colleagues have accumulated substantial evidence showing this feat can indeed be accomplished by BIF depositing microbes that are using electrical current through rust; and she shares how the Lab is leveraging this process today to find climate change solutions.

Free

Indigenous Foods & Sustainability

Zoom

—a 2021 Indigenous Knowledge & Sustainability – Food Conference virtual session

FREE and OPEN to ALL. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click the orange Information Button for more information and to register. Please note that this Zoom event is limited to one device per registration.

Featured Speakers:

Tiffanie Hardbarger, Ph.D. (Cherokee Nation), Assistant Professor, Cherokee and Indigenous Studies, Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, Oklahoma

and

Elizabeth Hoover, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California Berkeley

Tiffanie Hardbarger and Elizabeth Hoover, specialists in indigenous food systems, Native sovereignty, and related fields, speak about their research and projects and their ideas about ways that indigenous perspective and practices can support sustainability in food production and food justice—for Native people and everyone. Dialogue to follow.

Free

American Indian Gardens

Zoom

—a 2021 Indigenous Knowledge & Sustainability – Food Conference virtual session

FREE and OPEN to ALL. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click the orange Information Button for more information and to register. Please note that this Zoom event is limited to one device per registration.

Featured Speakers:

Devon A. Mihesuah, Ph.D. (Choctaw Nation), Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in International Cultural Understanding, University of Kansas

and

Elizabeth Hoover, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California Berkeley

Mihesuah and Hoover co-edited, Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019).

Free

Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators

Zoom

—a 2021 Indigenous Knowledge & Sustainability – Food Conference virtual session

FREE and OPEN to ALL. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click the orange Information Button for more information and to register. Please note that this Zoom event is limited to one device per registration.

Featured Speaker: Ed Spevak, Ph.D., Curator of Invertebrates, Saint Louis Zoo; and Director, Wildcare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo

Dr. Spevak talks about the initiative, Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators. The initiative focuses on the intersection of wild and cultivated foods, cultural traditions and food sovereignty, the health of environments, and people and nature.

Free

Indigenous Models of Sustainability | The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center Conservation Forum

Zoom

Zoom - Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO United States

FREE and OPEN to ALL. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click the orange Information Button for speaker lineup and to register. Please note that this Zoom event is limited to one device per registration.

Each year, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri - St. Louis organizes and co-sponsors the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Saint Louis Zoo, and The Academy of Science - St. Louis. The forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public. The forum hosts 3-4 speakers with a panel discussion following. This event is meant to promote learning, discussion, and new viewpoints.

Free

The Ants of Missouri Project

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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Registrants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.

Free

Would You Like a Nudge from a Robot?

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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Zoom link to join sent with confirmation email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Yun Seong Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Director, Physical Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (pHRI Lab), Missouri University of Science & Technology

We’re all familiar with robots like unmanned drones or large industrial robots that operate in solitude. In the future, human-robot interactions that involve direct physical contact are likely to become even more ubiquitous—from social-physical robots that might assist human teachers in the classroom to versatile medical robots that tackle clinical challenges in the acute care of patients. While it may feel awkward to have a robot grab and pull us around, future robots may become better at it—if we understand how humans do it and let the robots learn from the 'experts.' Mechanical engineer, Yun Seong Song, presents what we know about physical interactions in humans and what to do next to make future robots feel more friendly and helpful, with enhanced abilities to communicate through touch.

Free

Advancing Space Exploration Using Multi-Robot Systems and Swarms and The Solar-Powered Lunar Ark Concept

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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Zoom link to join sent with confirmation email immediately after registering.

Featured Scientist: Jekan Thanga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory, Asteroid Science, Technology and Exploration Research Organized by Inclusive eDucation Systems (ASTEROIDS) Laboratory, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Arizona

The exploration and development of Cislunar Space and beyond will be pivotal in securing and sustaining human civilization in the centuries to come. University of Arizona space robotics engineer Jekan Thanga and colleagues are leveraging small teams of university researchers and students to take on ambitious, high-risk, high-reward exploration missions that use multiple spacecrafts, or robots, working in teams that are analogous to colonies of social insects. Jekan's and colleagues' studies point to multiple promising pathways that produce new architectures and
robust solutions to some critical challenges that await space exploration and development. You won't want to miss this fascinating look at space exploration in service to sustaining human civilization and the solar-powered lunar ark concept to store cryogenically frozen seed, spore, sperm and egg samples from 6.7 million Earth species.

Free

Dr. Luisi Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Trending Health Messages in Media

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 orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Zoom link to join sent with confirmation email immediately after registering.

Featured Speaker: Monique Luisi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication, Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri - Columbia

In a world, full of information, we are constantly making choices about who to believe and what to trust. Those decisions are especially important in minority communities. Dr. Monique Luisi talks about messaging related to the HPV and COVID-19 vaccines, the influence of media, and the challenges our communities face to raise awareness, build trust, and fight disease.

Free

Teen Science Cafe: Putting COVID in Its Place—GIS Mapping and Locating Our Own Experiences with the Pandemic’s Social Changes

Zoom

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited. FREE and OPEN to all middle and high school students in grades 6-12! Pre-registration for Junior Academy of Science members ONLY through Saturday, May 1. General registration for all opens Sunday, May 2. Deadline to register is Thursday, May 13, 4p.m., CST. CLICK the orange Event Information button below to REGISTER! Look for Cafe login information in your email confirmation.

Click Here to learn about the Junior Academy of Science and how to become a member.

In this interactive virtual café for teens with medical sociologist, Dr. Chris Prener, we’ll talk about what GIS is, how we can capture qualitative data about places and experiences, and how with maps we can communicate the effect COVID-19 has had on our lives. We’ll do this by using Google to create maps of how our own experiences with place have changed in the last year. Sometimes called “volunteered geographic information,” this approach to collecting data has a wide range of research applications.

Free