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August 2020

Science Headlines: Return to Play—Sports in the Time of Coronavirus

August 4, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online

Professional sports leagues are returning to play in the coming weeks. Several college football camps are also underway, and high school sports will likely soon follow. Join epidemiologist Dr. Zach Binney and infectious disease doctor Gretchen Snoeyenbos Newman, MD, for an exploration of the science issues surrounding return to play during the pandemic.

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A Deeper Dive: Privacy in the Digital Age

August 5, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

The Library’s Deeper Dive programs are three-part courses that take an in-depth look into important science topics. This series will focus on Internet privacy: Is there a natural right to privacy? What are we talking about when we talk about privacy? And how do new technologies lead to new challenges? We’ll examine data mining, facial recognition, the commodification of data, surveillance as a business model, and what the individual can do.  

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Second Saturday Conversation: Seeing DNA with X-ray Vision

August 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online

Dr. Amy Whitaker, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at KU Med will guide participants through a broad overview of DNA, including what exactly it is and how it was discovered, what it looks like in 3D and how it manages to contain all of the genetic information that makes us into unique individuals, and how the code written by DNA is translated to physical characteristics in the human body.

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Science Matters Lunch & Learn: Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright

August 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online

Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright to be America’s greatest architect. His “organic architecture” helped popularize open floor plans, light-filled rooms, and connections to nature, all still in demand today. In Missouri, Wright worked with forward-thinking families to design four unique houses; he also butted heads with building authorities while constructing a controversial church. Who were these Missourians on the cutting edge of architectural design, and why do Wright’s creations remain relevant nearly sixty years after his death? This talk will help you see Missouri’s buildings with new eyes.

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Making Space: Pioneering Women in Aerospace

August 20, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Online

The year 2020 is the 100th anniversary of 19th amendment’s ratification. To acknowledge this important anniversary, discover the untold story of women in aviation and space exploration.

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