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.
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 .
Date/Time Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Film: The Birds
A Myths and Mayhem Film Event
Break out the popcorn for Hitchcock's classic horror film, the first in our series of films and curator commentary. This event is coordinated by the museum's student advisory board. The public is welcome.
Date/Time Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Solving the Riddle of Cancer, Now and in the Future
A Science on Tap Event
With the completed sequence of the human genome, scientists are now able to decipher the specific mutations in genes that can lead to cancer. Armed with this knowledge, researchers are synthesizing novel drugs that directly target and kill cancer cells, while avoiding the side effects seen with traditional chemotherapy. For this Science on Tap, biochemist Bryan Smith will discuss traditional cancer therapies and the new drugs that are being developed to directly target certain cancers.
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.
Date/Time Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Behind the Scenes: Botany
Join us for a tour of our botany collection, home to more than 400,000 research specimens of leafy plants, seeds, lichens, grasses, trees and shrubs. Pre-registration required by Feb. 1; call 785-864-4450 register. $5-$7 contribution requested.
Date/Time Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Natural History Art: Gyotaku
A Watkins Museum event
Want to make your own fish print? Your chance to try the artform of Gyotaku will be part of the Watkins Museum's opening for the exhibit "Riverkings of Kansas." Gyotaku is a Japanese printmaking method traditionally used by fishermen to record their catches. Watch a demonstration at this event at the Watkins Museum, 1047 Mass., and make your own.
Date/Time Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in and Draw: Birds
Bring your sketch pad and draw with us! We'll provide the feathers, and you provide the creativity. You can sketch your favorite animals from our exhibits or draw those specifically on display for this drop-in event.
Date/Time Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Science Saturday: Take Flight
The museum has gone to the birds! See exotic specimens of our fine feathered friends from around the world. Learn about the forces of flight and launche your own flying creation.
Date/Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Science Saturday: the body
Join us for a little body science featuring “Anatomy Alex,” a life-sized game modeled on the classic game “Operation,” and much more. This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.
Date/Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Science Saturday: Insects
Explore the insect world, construct your own bug, see creepy crawly insects and even eat one if you're daring! This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.
Date/Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm