September 1 marked a somber anniversary: the centenary of the death of the very last passenger pigeon, a bird named Martha, in the Cincinnati Zoo.
You can learn more by visiting the U-M Museum of Natural History’s exhibit about the passenger pigeon, A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon. The display panels for this exhibit have been made available online to other museums through the Project Passenger Pigeon website. To date, 35 museums are displaying UMMNH’s panels! The UMMNH exhibit includes a companion display, The Passenger Pigeon in Michigan, describing the key role our state played in the history of the pigeon.
And be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to see the Passenger Pigeon page of the double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America (1827-1838), on display in the Audubon Room in U-M’s Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.
If you missed the previous events, you have time to attend this last one for 2014! The RELATE group (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting their final “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Friday, September 12th, from 7 to 10pm.
Listen to student scientists as they provide short presentations on topics of which they are studying.
A local group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan called RELATE (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting an event called “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).
On Saturday, September 6th, from 7-10pm, student scientists will give 15 to 20 minute talks on a variety of topics involving human physiology and health.
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:
For our members and the public to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained.
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.
“NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country … NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.”
Activities include exploration of capillary action, non-Newtonian fluids, new nano products and materials and invisibility cloaks.
Preserving historic sites is often not simple, but involves compromises for contemporary businesses and residences. Sometimes scholarly work to preserve the past has unfortunate, and occasionally unforeseen tragic consequeces for contemporary communities. We will examine several examples, from India and from right here in Ann Arbor, as we discuss the politics of preservation.
Speakers include Carla Sinopoli, Curator of Asian Archaeology and Director of the U-M Museum Studies Program and Susan Wineberg, local author and Ann Arbor historian. Join us for an engaging conversation on the political consequences of scholarship, advocacy, and preservation.
Offered as a part of the College of Literature,Science, and the Arts’ Winter 2014 Theme semester: India in the World.
Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. All Science Cafés take place at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm; program 6-7:30 pm.