The OLLI-UM’s “Science of Climate Change” – Classroom Series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) is sponsoring a classroom series on the science of climate change that starts on Wednesday, February 4 and continues to March 18.

From the website: Would you like to have a better understanding of the science of one of the most important issues in our times? This class will cover the physical influences that determine the earth’s climate and are responsible for past and current climate change, and the science behind our knowledge of past climates and our ability to predict future change. In each class we will view two 30-minute lectures, followed by discussion and updates from the latest climate reports. The study group leader spent 34 years as a research physicist at Ford and Argonne National Laboratory. His work included modeling of the climate-change effects of plug-in hybrid vehicles.


This event is for people ages 50+ and will be instructed by Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics co-organizer, Craig Stephan.  And the location is Genesis of Ann Arbor.

Date(s) : 02/04/2015 – 03/18/2015
Day of Week : Wednesday
Time : 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Location : Genesis of Ann Arbor
Address : 2309 Packard Street,
Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor : Stephan Craig
Fee : $40.00

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Meet-Up (11/15) – Aquatic Geochemistry

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SONY DSCThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, November 15th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Classic Cup Cafe. Our special guest will be Dr. Rose Cory, Assistant Professor of Aquatic Geochemistry in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cory’s research is on the chemistry of naturally occurring dissolved organic matter (DOM) in freshwaters.  DOM is responsible for water color, the amount of photosynthesis that occurs in water, and sustaining life because it is the source of energy for bacterial respiration.

Dr. Cory was featured in an article about her recently published paper that concluded sunlight is a dominant influencer of microbial activity in thawing permafrost.  This has implications on the issue of climate change since one of the most potent greenhouse gases is methane which a large part of is sequestered in permafrost regions.

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

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.

If interested in attending, please RSVP here.

Classic Cup Cafe





Have some time to kill before the meet-up? Check out the Great Lakes Zoological Society’s “A World of Discovery” located just down the road from our get-together venue.  There is $1 off coupon located on our website.

World of Discovery

“Scientists Fair 2014” (Saturday, May 31st)

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On Saturday May 31st, the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are hosting the third annual “Scientists Fair,” a science fair where the exhibits are actual scientists.  The event will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. This will be free and open to both Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics members and the public.

Located in the Multi-Purpose room (in the lower level of the main branch), there will be several professors and researchers from the University of Michigan with expertise in general fields of knowledge, available to answer your questions. Some of the topics will include: Astrochemistry, Geology & Earth Science, Exploring Mars, Climate Science, Medical Research, Nuclear Power, and more

You can watch a short video about the Scientists Fair here (video)

The purpose of this event is two-fold:

  1. For our members and the public to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained.
  2. For the scientists and professors to talk about their research with you, and to share with you their excitement and passion.

There is no reservation limit for this meet-up. And we are encouraging you to invite as many of your family and friends who enjoy science. This year the library is sponsoring our event, and we’d really like to get a big turnout.

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