Past Events

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

Idea Café: Why Big Data Will Never Be Big Enough to Handle the Social

Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England

Big Data are receiving an enormous amount of well-deserved buzz as they call on us to rethink who can do science and how it can be done. Yet there is also a certain blind optimism that with enough data, we will understand everything. This discussion will challenge this optimism, particularly as it relates to the study of people. Nancy Baym will draw on her experience at Microsoft Research, an interdisciplinary basic research lab where people are actively trying to create bridges between big data and ethnographic analysis. The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Science Saturdays: Collections are Cool

 Ever wonder what it takes to start your own collection of insects, plants or other specimens? For this Science Saturday, we'll explore all kinds of collections, from the ones that scientists assemble to those you can create at home. 

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Film: Twister

A Myths and Mayhem Film Event

Join us for a little spring storm fun with this adventure drama about two storm chasers. We will watch Twister and learn about the science of storms with Rick Katzfey, Channel 6 Chief Meteorologist.

This is the final event in our film series coordinated by the museum's student advisory board. The public is welcome. 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Global Shifts: a Challenging Twist on Climate Change

A Science on Tap Event

Many scientists study how soil and plants help regulate Earth's climate, and that work is becoming more important as humans alter the climate system.  Scientists are looking for ways to predict how global shifts in temperature and precipitation may alter the Earth's biogeochemical cycles in the future. For this Science on Tap, Sharon Billings, KU associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will explore how soil and plants regulate Earth's climate and how humans are changing the balance.

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, March 12, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Insects, Reptiles and other Animals of Latin America

 What do you know about the flying, buzzing, creeping, crawling animals of the rain forest? Spanish and English activities will be provided for this event in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies. 

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Film: Bats

A Myths and Mayhem Film Event

 Genetically modified bats are on the loose! Join us for the second in our series of films and curator commentary. This event is coordinated by the museum's student advisory board and is open to the public. 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Debate: Data & Democracy - Our Technology, Our Future

The Commons will host a debate, moderated by Leonard Krishtalka, about the data deluge, our growing reliance on silicon and algorithms, and the outsourcing of decision-making to artificial "thinking machines." Dartmouth Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy James Moor will speak about human relationships with and reliance on technology from a conditional Dystopian perspective. KU Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Perry Alexander will deliver the Utopian counterpoint. Audience participation will drive the second portion of the event. Reception to follow.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Nano Science

 Get into the science of small during this Science Saturday event. Find out how many quarks tall you are! And in the meantime, get adventures in the subatomic universe -- check out the Quarked website.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm