Before you dismiss all spiders as creepy -- Halloween is coming, we know -- come to the KU Natural History Museum to learn a bit about the wonders and benefits of these eight-legged members of the animal kingdom. Professor Deb Smith, an expert on spiders, will be on hand to guide children and adults alike through activities and information about spiders big and small.
The KU Natural History Museum presents its second annual Sexy Science, an event dedicated to the suggestive side of natural history. Featuring games, activities, chocolate and coffee, this event is for KU students age 18 and older and is co-sponsored by the KU Peer Health Educator Group.
The KU Natural History Museum, together with several other university departments, will host a memorial reception honoring Larry D. Martin, curator of vertebrate paleontology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Colleagues, university staff and students and the public are welcome to attend this rememberance of Professor Martin, who died in March 2013.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.