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2014 Public Science Day in Chicago


Wednesday, February 12th

The American Association for the Advancement of Science and Imagine Science Films present:

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Time:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:30-9:00PM
5:30 to 6:00 pm, Opening Reception
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Film Showcase
9:00 to 10:00 pm, Closing Reception
Location:
International House, Assembly Hall
University of Chicago
1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Contact: Dione Rossiter
202-326-6645 or drossite@aaas.org
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
 
For a full list of programming details visit the

Thursday, February 13th

The American Association for the Advancement of Science joins The Field Museum for their ongoing "Meet a Scientist" Series          

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From 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of The Field Museum's unique collections and highlights of their research. AAAS is busing in over 800 students to hear about the scientist's work, see real artifacts and specimens from the over 24 million objects not on display at The Field, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!
 
Bruce Patterson - Bats of Kenya
 
 
Alan Resetar - Amphibians and Reptiles
 
Jim Louderman - Insects and Spiders
 
 
Time:
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location:
Stanley Field Hall / East Entrance (locations vary)
The Field Museum
Contact:
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Thursday, February 13th

The American Association for the Advancement of Science teams with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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The Nature Museum will be providing an environmental education program for approximately 250 4-8th grade students from 4-5 schools. This program will begin with an introduction to the passenger pigeon by Steve Sullivan, Urban Ecologist and a member of the Museum’s Biology Department. Steve will show the students preserved specimens of the passenger pigeon as he discusses the story of their extinction 100 years ago (the anniversary will be September 1). He will also discuss what we learned from that extinction, threats that exist to species today and efforts today to preserve and restore endangered species.
 
Students will then participate in an educator guided workshop with a connection to these efforts. The workshops will be hands-on and inquiry-based centered around how honeybees and local Midwest butterfly populations  interact with their environments to survive. In these two workshops, students will examine specimens from the Nature Museum collection as well as recent population declines, conservation efforts, and how people and local species impact each other.
 
Exploring Butterfly Conservation 
 
In this workshop, 4th and 5th graders observe specimens and identify rare and endangered regional butterflies while learning about the Nature Museum’s conservation research initiatives and the characteristics of native butterfly habitats. By reviewing basic butterfly biology and exploring the unique needs of local butterflies, students gain an understanding of how people impact Midwestern butterfly populations.
 
What’s the Buzz about Honey Bees?
 
In this workshop, middle school students examine honey bee specimens and honeycomb from the Nature Museum’s bee hives! Students will study honey bee biology, social systems, and importance to humans while learning about the recent decline in honey bee populations and possible explanations for that decline.
 
Time:
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00AM-12:00PM
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Saturday, February 15th

The American Association for the Advancement of Science teams with the Hive Chicago

As a way to connect Chicago’s youth to this year’s AAAS Annual Meeting, Hive Chicago is working with AAAS to create a level-up opportunity for teens to attend as Youth Journalists. This opportunity allows a handful of teens to be the only youth present as press at the Annual Meeting and to attend alongside a world-renowned journalist.
 
Youth will have the opportunity to shadow a journalist as they attend sessions and see first-hand into science journalism as a career. This is also a writing opportunity for the teens. Following the event, Youth Journalists are encouraged to write a piece of their own about their experience at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
 
Time:
Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:30AM-2:30PM
Location:
AAAS Annual Meeting Conference
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
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Special thanks to all of our PSD partners:

 

          

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For more information, or to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Dione Rossiter at drossite@aaas.org.