Get ready, St. Louis! Science Friday is coming to the Sheldon on October 25th to Break It Down!
We’ll talk with:
- Conservation geneticist Christy Edwards, who uses one of the smallest pieces of a plant—its DNA—to guide large-scale conservation decisions
- Geologist Michael Wysession, who tells the story of how North America was nearly ripped in two—and what kept it together
- Microbial ecologist Bo Adu-Oppong, who studies the microbiome of plants, and who explains how to make a bacterial layer cake, from a soil sample
- Science Friday’s Ariel Zych and Charles Bergquist, who will reconvene the Science Friday Science Club. This time they’re inviting you to break down complex things—plants, devices, molecules, even languages—in order to better understand how they work
- And brewmaster Martin Toft of 4 Hands Brewing Co., who will judge a special SciFri quiz on the science of brewing beer—and toast you if you’re right.
On October 15, Science Friday celebrated it’s silver anniversary with a gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum here in New York City. Alan Alda kicked off the event with a champagne toast to Ira, noting that they both share an admiration for cephalopods and microbes. The night continued with a high-energy demonstration of static electricity from education manager Ariel Zych, followed by an announcement of Undiscovered, Science Friday’s new podcast, hosted by Elah Feder and Annie Minoff.
And thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised $400,000 to help support all of the work we do interviewing scientists, crafting award-winning videos, writing original web articles, and creating resources for teachers.
For those of you who couldn’t make it, don’t worry. We took plenty of pictures!