The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston. 

Upcoming Offerings

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Are We Alone in the Universe?

November 1, 2017

Astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger explores how we can use our own planet and its wide range of species as a Rosetta Stone to detect signs of life on exoplanets. 

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Biodiversity and the Sixth Extinction

December 6, 2017

Earth is losing biological diversity at an unprecedented rate. Curator Joel Cracraft presents the evidence, drawing from his experiences in Earth’s tropical forests, and outlines the difficult challenges ahead.

Past Offerings

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Humans and Conflicts with Bears: Oh My!

October 4, 2017

Conservation scientist Rae Wynn-Grant offers insights into black bear behavior and ecology and shares tips on what humans can do to improve relations with our ursine neighbors.

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Exercise Your Brain

June 7, 2017

Join neuroscientist Wendy A. Suzuki for an interactive discussion about how the brain changes in response to its environment.

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Ghost Snake Stories in Madagascar

May 3, 2017

Join herpetologist and Museum Curator Frank Burbrink on a journey to the remote forests of Madagascar, where his team recently discovered several new species of reptiles. 

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Stress and Human Evolution

April 5, 2017

Biological anthropologist Zaneta Thayer explores the biological mechanisms through which early life stress influences biology and health later on. 

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The Search for Slow Lorises

March 1, 2017

Join Mary Blair, primatologist and Director of Biodiversity Informatics Research at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, as she discusses how research on these endangered animals can contribute to a better understanding of wildlife trafficking, including the risk of zoonotic disease spread.