Past Events

Mammals with Curator Bob Timm - September

Mammals Curator Bob Timm will share information about one mammal species each month at a special drop-in event for children and families. This month will feature the much misunderstood porcupine. 

Event Details

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

Science Fiction: Mythologies for a Changing Age

Speculative fiction has served as the mythology of our time, from the very first stories humans told one another to today's most relevant literature. These stories provide concrete, emotionally and intellectually satisfying paths toward making sense of living in a world of ever-increasing change. For this Science on Tap, Chris McKitterick, director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, will lead a discussion about the ways that science fiction provides our new myths and teaches us how to survive and remain sane in a changing age.

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Fascinating Fractals for All Ages

Friday and Saturday viewings and activities

Math, science, and beauty converge when the Fractal Foundation presents their award-winning show in the Panorama at the KU Natural History Museum. The event takes viewers on an educational and entertaining tour of fractals in nature and through infinitely complex mathematical fractals.

Held in partnership with the Lawrence Public Library, the event offers three showings on Friday and Saturday, and a Saturday morning event with activities for children ages 5 and up:

All ages show:
7 pm Friday, July 12
1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Kids fractal show and activities:
10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13

Event Details

Date/Time Friday, July 12, 2013 - 7:00pm - Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 5:00pm

400 Million Years on Six Legs: Evolution of the Insects

 Join us at Free State Brewing for a conversation with Professor Michael Engel, who will lead a wide-ranging discussion about everything from the Jurassic love songs of katydids to giant fleas to the Age of the Insects: 400 million years of insect evolution. Bring your curiosity and your questions!

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Summer camp: Aquatic Biology

 Make a splash in this popular program that explores our local waters. Discover how the animals we will find tell us water is clean, and learn to use professional water quality meters. Be prepared to get muddy and wet!  

Event Details

Date/Time Friday, June 14, 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Summer camp: Space Odyssey

Blast off for space adventure. Discover the principles behind stars, meteors and more. Build and test your own rocket. Don’t worry – it is rocket science. 

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Summer Camp: Dinosaur Detectives

Dig into the past with a simulated dinosaur dig. Learn how to identify dinosaurs and other fossils that provide clues to reconstructing extinct creatures and the ancient environment in which they lived. 

Event Details

Date/Time Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Science Saturday: Everything Ice

Cool off with some glacier goo at this Science Saturday event! Explore the properties of ice, snowflakes, polar glaciers and icebergs with hands-on activities provided by the Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wild Gardens

This free drop-in event led by KU botanists will feature activities about plant anatomy, the diversity of plants – including fluorescent lichens – and even offer the chance to make wildflower “seed bombs” that can be planted after the event.

The seed balls, which combine seeds, clay and compost rolled together, include many locally growing varieties such as Maximilian’s sunflower, Illinois bundle-flower, showy partridgepea, black-eyed Susan, purple prairie-clover, and several varieties of coneflower, including upright, clasping, gray-head and purple.

Other activities include instruction on building a plant press to preserve plant specimens, crafts using flowers to make sun-inspired photo prints, and ways to explore the differences between plants, such as the difference between fruits and vegetables.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Gut Talks, But Does the Liver Listen? The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Alcoholic Liver Disease

A Science on Tap Event

Our gut bacteria outnumber human cells 10:1, yet only recently has our microbiome been linked with human disease, including alcoholic liver disease.  First recognized in the late 1990s, the full extent the gut microbiome has on liver disease pathogenesis remains mostly a mystery.  For this Science on Tap, Assistant Professor Michele Pritchard will discuss what is known about how our bacterial colonists induce liver injury and the preclinical development of new therapeutic options for patients with alcoholic liver disease.

Science on Tap is a science cafe hosted by Free State Brewing, 636 Massachusetts St. Guest moderators introduce a topic and then guide discussion with the audience. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm