Past Events

Science on Tap: Bullying across the lifespan

With Professor Bob Harrington
Bullying is not just for kids anymore. It can happen to anyone at any stage of life, in any location: at work, at a party, on the football field, in a nursing home, at a university, in a personal relationship, and even online by someone you do not even know. Please join us for a discussion of recent research about bullying, including how it develops, prevention, intervention solutions, and how bullying changes across the lifespan.

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Date/Time Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Magnificent Microbes

Microbes — they help us digest food. They break down garbage. Some of them make us sick, while others help us stay well. There are more of them on a human hand than there are people on the planet! Come to this Science Saturday to learn what's so magnificent about microbes.

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Date/Time Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Contemporary Migration and "Cocoa Conflicts" in Peruvian Amazonia

Bartholomew Dean, Associate Professor, Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Offered as part of the Human Migration Series in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology.

This brown-bag series addresses the causes and consequences of Human Migration and will explore human migration from social, economic, demographic and biological perspectives

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Date/Time Friday, January 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Kansas Food: What We Eat, Who Produces It, Future Trends, and Legal Developments

A Panel Discussion, sponsored by the Environmental Law Society

Four local advocates for Kansas agriculture will speak about upcoming legislative activity in Kansas, and its effect on the environment and farmers. Nutritional guidelines, agricultural worker conditions, and changes warranted by environmental degradation will also be discussed.
Panelists include:
Paul Johnson, Kansas Rural Center; Barbara LeClair, Kansas Rural Center; Donald Stull, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas; Rhonda Janke, Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, Kansas State University

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Date/Time Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Collection Conversations: Fishes with Dr. Leo Smith

 Join us to see specimens from the collection of more than 660,000 fishes in the KU Ichthyology collection, from the freshwaters of the Midwest to tropical oceans. Dr. Leo Smith will show examples of deep sea fishes and discuss some of the interesting traits they have developed, including bioluminescence. Collection Conversations are short, informal drop-in events with research scientists about the collections that form the basis of research at the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum. 

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Date/Time Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Walking with Dinosaurs

Science Saturday

Join us for a special event, Walking with Dinosaurs. We'll have vouchers for free screenings of the 3-D movie coming to Kansas City for the first 25 families (limit 2 each). Hands-on activities, too. Rawr!

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Date/Time Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Mammals with Curator Bob Timm - December

Mammals Curator Bob Timm will share information about one mammal species each month at a special drop-in event for children and families. For Dec. 7, the mammal of the month will be wolves - all about their habitat, characteristics and behavior. 

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Date/Time Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Idea Café - Shifting Viewpoints: Is Western Science an Indigenous Knowledge?

Jorge Soberon, Senior Research Scientist, Biodiversity Institute & Biodiversity Modeling and Policy Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor

So called Indigenous, or Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is viewed by many western scientists with a combination of amusement and doubt, and almost always, implicit judgement. But what if we apply the methods of analysing ITK to western science? After all, western science began its long walk to hegemony as the folk knowledge of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This exercise will likely prove both illuminating and humbling.
The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP by November 29 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 50 guests.

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Date/Time Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Idea Cafe: Can Democracy Survive the Digital Age?

Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath

As a follow-up to his presentation Thursday evening, Nicco Mele will challenge attendees to consider the values of democracy and whether they can withstand the growing presence of technology in daily life.
The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. RSVP by November 15 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 50 guests.

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Date/Time Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am

DATA & DEMOCRACY: Why Radical Connectivity Means The End of Big

Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath

Internet pioneer Nicco Mele shows how our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally is altering the power of business, politics, culture, education and more with a breathtaking speed that is disrupting our lives in revolutionary ways. Many of these changes are for the good. However, Nicco argues that the new realities of technology come at a high price. Nicco's keynote is both alarming and hopeful – thought provoking and passionately argued – and will change the way you use technology forever.

Since his early days as one of Esquire Magazine's "Best and Brightest" in America, Nicco has been a sought-after innovator, media commentator, and speaker. He serves on a number of private and non-profit boards, including the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Breakthrough.tv. Nicco is also co-founder of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
 

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Date/Time Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm