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April 2020

ONLINE LECTURE: Apollo 13—NASA’s Most Successful Failure

April 13, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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April 13 will mark the 50th anniversary of the oxygen tank explosion in Apollo 13's service module. Relive the harrowing mission and learn about what led to NASA's most successful failure with Jim Remar, President and CEO of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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ONLINE LECTURE: Science Matters Brown Bag Lunch and Learn – Monarch Butterfly Conservation

April 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic species in North America and a central part of efforts to protect pollinators. Angie Babbit from KU's Monarch Watch will share strategies researchers are using to better understand monarchs' epic migration between Mexico and Canada and how the public can participate in efforts to preserve and protect the butterfly.

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ONLINE LECTURE: Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

April 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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A recent report found that two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk from climate change range shifts and other threats. The good news is that the science also shows that, if we take action now, we can help improve the changes for the majority of species at risk. Join Dr. Brooke Bateman, Senior Scientist at the Audubon Society, to learn about the science behind the findings and the impact on birds in our Kansas City community.

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ONLINE LECTURE: The Sixth (Modern) Mass Extinction: A Geologic Perspective

April 29, 7:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Earth is currently experiencing an accelerating biodiversity crisis that could rival past mass extinctions in terms of rate, magnitude, and selectivity. What lessons does the fossil record offer for how ecosystems will respond to massive loss of biodiversity? Dr. Jonathan Payne is Professor and Chair of Geological Sciences at Stanford University.

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May 2020

Second Saturday Conversation: The Power of Our Fork

May 9, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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We've known for decades that burning fossil fuels is a significant contributor to climate change, but what about the agriculture sector? Can our food choices also help stop climate change? Come learn what the data says about agriculture's impact on the planet, and what you can do about it.
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