Meet-Up (01/25) – Origin of Organics in Solar System Formation

RuudVisser6The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, January 25th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Ruud Visser.  His research focuses on the chemical aspects of low-mass star formation. Combining observations and computer simulations, he ultimately wants to understand how the Sun and the Earth were formed and how life emerged.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.

There is no cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses, are appreciated.

You can RSVP here.

UM Museum of Natural History: ‘The Secret Life of Birds’ Exhibit

The Secret Life of Birds

  • On Display Through January 31
  • Fourth Floor (Temporary Gallery)
Birds are everywhere you look–and many places you don’t. Creeping through the cracks of culture, lurking in the layers of language, hiding in the hollows of history, birds are everywhere.
They have us surrounded.
What are they up to? What are they concealing? What unspoken mysteries permeate…the secret life of birds? Enjoy this unique and creative exhibit through January 31 in the Temporary Gallery on the fourth floor.

Winter Camp at the Reptile Zoo

PictureThe Great Lakes Zoological Society’s World of Discovery Conservation and Rescue Center’s 2013  Camp Program
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Looking For something Fun and Exciting to do over Winter Break? The Great Lakes Zoological Society in Ann Arbor is hosting a Winter Break Camp for hands-on animal encounters, zoo keeping, educational activities, crafts and new friendships. You can choose one or all of the days, with new topics, activities and discoveries each day!
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CAMP DETAILS: $55 per day ($49 for members) or a discount for all three days. Enroll in one, two, or all three of them (weekly discount rate automatically applies within the same session) Camps meet from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily (except Tuesday and Wednesdays)

Lunch is not provided. So campers should bring a brown bag lunch. Snacks (not snakes!) will be provided.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Early session – December 23 – December 27

  • Monday, December 23: A World of Senses!
  • Tuesday, December 24: No Camp
  • Wednesday, December 25: No Camp
  • Thursday, December 26: Myths and Legends!
  • Friday, December 27: Wild Diets!

Late session – December 30 – January 3

  • Monday, December 30: A World of Senses!
  • Tuesday, December 31: No Camp
  • Wednesday, January 1: No camp
  • Thursday, January 2: Myths and Legends!
  • Friday, January 3: Wild Diets!

Students in first grade through eighth grade may attend. Camps will be divided by age and camp content, and will be tailored to suit the campers’ grade levels. In the instance of low enrollment, groups may be combined and the camp content may be tailored appropriately.

If you are 13 or older and would like to experience camp in a new way, consider being a Jr. Camp Counselor! Call (734) 332-1628 for more information.

Camps are offered for campers grades 1st – 8th.

REGISTER HERE!

For more information contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at:  734-332-1628  or education@glzszoo.orgSign

Download Now – “AntiCancer Drug Research”

Eugene ManleyThis is the audio recording of the 10/26 meet-up with Dr. Eugene Manley.  Dr. Manley did his PhD work on studying anti-cancer drugs, and analyzed cancer stem cells in lung cancer.

This conversation has been edited.  Much of the discussion centers around various types of cancers and anti-cancer drug treatments, and then the discussion shifts to the roles/responsibilities of researchers that details the day-to-day duties, animal testing issues, and various ways researchers obtain funding and grants.

 

Meet-Up (10/26) – “Stem Cells and Cancer Research”

Eugene ManleyThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, September 21st from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. Eugene Manley, an engineer and biologist focusing on the intersection of biology and orthopedics. Dr. Manley will talk about his PhD work in which he analyzed cancer stem cells in lung cancer, as well as his current research on locating genes that control bone size as a potential target for preventing fracture risk later in life.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.

Please RSVP here or on our Meetup Page.

There is no fee for admission but donations to cover the guest speakers’ meal and beverages, as well as group expenses are welcome.

Science Cafe: Pollination, Pesticides and Problems: The future of bees

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be hosting the first Science Cafe of the Fall.  The topic will be on honeybees and colony collapse disorder.

Join us as we discuss the importance of honeybees and the problems they face, including pesticides and colony collapse disorder. Why are local stewardship projects important? Learn what the research says, what’s going on locally, and what you can do. Guests will include Professor Zachary Huang of Michigan State University, Lisa Bashert of the Local Honey Project, and Jamie Berlin of Ypsi Melissa. (link)

  • Host Department: Museum of Natural History
  • Date: 10/23/2013
  • Time: 05:30 PM – 07:30 PM
  • Location: Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor

For a complete list of topics and dates for the Science Cafe, please visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/