THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE & OASIS ST. LOUIS present
ON SCIENCE SPRING 2013 SERIES:
Up-close and informative behind-the-scenes sessions and discussions on the timely topics and pressing issues in science and contemporary society with some of the region’s top scientists and engineers, innovators and inventors. You won’t want to miss this exciting series On Science...
Earthquakes Histories and Hazards in the Central U.S.
Phyllis Steckel, RG, Earthquake Insight LLC
Minimizing earthquake risk is a funny business. The payoff may not come for a long time – and then it will be in terms of what did not happen. Learn about regional earthquake vulnerabilities and risk. Hear about historic quakes - including the infamous 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes where the river ran backwards - and the lessons
learned in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan.
Kirkwood OASIS 312
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2:00-3:30
Cognitive Illusions: Understanding the Tricks our Minds Can Play on Us
Henry Roediger, Ph.D., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology,Washington University in St. Louis
Our cognitive systems work quite well; but perplexingly, sometimes lead us astray with illusions and falsehoods of memory. Join Washington University psychology professor Dr. Henry Roediger for an in-depth look at why we suffer illusions of perceiving, remembering and thinking. He provides some tips for improving cognitive processes, particularly memory.
Clayton OASIS 154
Monday, Mar 18, 10:30-12:00
Popular Science in Western Culture: From the “Kosmos” of Alexander von Humboldt to the “Cosmos” of Carl Sagan
Kevin Fernlund, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Missouri – St. Louis
You’ll learn about the popular science of Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and American cosmologist, Carl Sagan (1936-
1996) and the role this important genre has played in shaping Western democracy and culture.
Clayton OASIS 153
Monday, Apr 8, 10:30-12:00
Dogs from Wolves: What We’re Learning from Science About the Evolution of Dogs
and What It Means to Us
Featured Speaker: Karla Armbruster, Ph.D., Professorof English and Chair, Sustainability Studies Committee, Webster University
Learn more about “man’s best friend” and the recent anthropological and genetic research on when, where and how the dog evolved. Take a look at how such writers as Jack London, Old Yeller author Fred Gipson and Donald McCaig have used the idea of the dog’s wild ancestors to
support various and sometimes competing visions of the relationship between wild nature and human culture.
Forest Park OASIS 435
Thursday, Apr 11, 1:00-2:30