Past Events

The Science of Beer, with Free State Brewing Company

A SciencePalooza Event

Learn about the science of making and bottling beer from the brewers of Free State Brewing Company. Sample beers and culinary creations while discovering the evolutionary history of hops and the amazing properties of yeast. Discuss the biochemistry of fermentation and the challenges posed by microorganisms in the brewing process.

Tickets are available through the KU Natural History Museum at 785-864-2344.

The Science of Beer is one of three SciencePalooza events. Proceeds from SciencePalooza will provide vital support for renovating museum exhibits and assure the continued success of our hands-on education programs. The museum serves about 60,000 people annually through museum visits, programs for schoolchildren, and workshops and talks for adults.

 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 12:00am - 2:00am

Tapas & Tours

A SciencePalooza Event

Join us for this exclusive evening at the museum. We'll offer hot and savory hors d’oeuvres that represent the international locations of our research, such as the Philippines, Venezuela, Peru, Mongolia, Libya and Egypt. The evening includes special behind-the-scenes tours with our curators and opportunities to be the first to “adopt” specimens from our collections. 

Tapas & Tours is one of three SciencePalooza events. Proceeds from SciencePalooza will provide vital support for renovating museum exhibits and assure the continued success of our hands-on education programs. The museum serves about 60,000 people annually through museum visits, programs for schoolchildren, and workshops and talks for adults.

Tickets are available through the KU Natural History Museum at 785-864-2344.

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Date/Time Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 11:30pm - Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 2:00am

Water on the Plains: Stories and Struggles in Kansas

A Science on Tap event

Water has always been central to Kansas, and with climate change and high commodity prices, that’s more true now than ever. Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey, will lead a discussion about water issues Kansans face today, and the ones they'll likely face in the future.

Science on Tap is a science cafe. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Come early for dinner, or join us just for the conversation.

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Date/Time Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 12:30am - 2:00am

Museum Open House and Sidewalk Sale

Drop by the KU Natural History Museum on game day to see museum exhibits such as our live bee colony. While you're here, shop the indoor sidewalk sale at Natural Selections, the museum's gift shop.

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Date/Time Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 2:00pm

Native Medicinal Plants and Health

A Science on Tap event

Ancient cultures began a tradition of herbal remedies that continues to this day -- but what medicines lie right beneath our feet, in the plants of the prairie? More than 200 species of prairie plants native to Kansas have been used medicinally by Native Americans. Ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher will lead a discussion about bringing traditional knowledge together with botany and medicinal chemistry at this Science on Tap.

Science on Tap is a science cafe. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St, and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Come early for dinner, or join us just for the conversation.

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Date/Time Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 12:30am

Student Night at the Museum

The KU Natural History Museum student advisory board invites KU students to enjoy pizza (while it lasts), tour museum exhibits, join the student advisory board and find out about free memberships for students. Plus, we're showing Night at the Museum! This event is free with a KU student I.D.

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Date/Time Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:30pm

DIY Science

Tap into the sun and lower your energy bill

Free State Brewing Company, 633 Massachusetts St. Many people understand that the sun can be tapped to provide energy on a large scale in sunny locales, but what can you do for your house, your television or your coffee maker? Alice Bean, professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss how to convert solar energy into power at this science café. Bring your questions about solar power and how power grids work at the local level. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Free State Brewing Company for each Science on Tap. At 7:30, moderators begin the program by introducing the topic. After a short break for food and drink, the moderators encourage the crowd to ask questions about the subject and interact. Come early for dinner, or join us just for the conversation.

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Date/Time Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:30am

The Coelacanth

The Living Fossil of the Oceans

Andy Bentley, collections manager of fishes, will offer the intriguing story of the 1938 discovery of the coelacanth, an example of a group of fishes thought to have been extinct for 65 million years. The first one was found in 1938 off the coast of South Africa and named the “find of the century.” The only coelacanth specimen from the museum’s collection will be on display at the event. Held periodically throughout the academic year, Wild Science offers a chance for the public to ask questions directly to researchers in an informal setting. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

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Date/Time Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 1:00am

Trilobites, Evolution and Extinction

Free State Brewing Company, 633 Massachusetts St. What can trilobites tell us about extinction? Bruce Lieberman, curator of invertebrate paleontology, will introduce these more than 250-million-year-old, hard-shelled creatures that once dominated Earth's ancient seas. Discussion will branch from there to how major astronomical events might have played a part in the extinction of trilobites, and what that tells us about other mass extinctions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Free State Brewing Company for each Science on Tap. At 7:30, moderators begin the program by introducing the topic. After a short break for food and drink, the moderators encourage the crowd to ask questions about the subject and interact. Come early for dinner, or join us just for the conversation.

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Date/Time Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 1:30am

Kaw Kinetics

Hydroelectric Energy in Lawrence

Free State Brewing Company, 633 Massachusetts St. Join moderator Sarah Hill-Nelson for our inaugural science café, hosted by Free State Brewing Company. Hill-Nelson, owner-operator of Bowersock Mills and Power Co., will introduce the history of hydroelectric power in Lawrence and discuss the pros and cons of harnessing the energy of the Kansas River, now and into the future. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Science on Tap; program begins at 7:30. Moderators introduce a topic. After a short break for food and drink, the moderator encourages the crowd to ask questions about the subject and interact. Come early for dinner, or join us just for the conversation.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 1:30am