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November 2020

Machine Intelligence and the Future of Ethics

November 19, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explores the future of human ethics in a world of increasing reliance on AI and machine learning.

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How Do I Become a Rocket Scientist?

November 20, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Are you a student thinking about a career as a rocket scientist? If so, join us for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from an inspiring husband and wife team of real-life rocket scientists, Tiera and Myron Fletcher. During this interactive Q&A session, students will have the chance to ask questions about coursework, internships, college programs, and anything else about becoming a successful rocket scientist! Parents, teachers, and mentors are also encouraged to participate.

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December 2020

A Deeper Dive: The Pursuit of “Mappiness”

December 3, 2020, 7:00 pm - December 17, 2020, 8:00 pm

This three part series with cartographer Kelly Johnston on December 3, 10, and 17 will forever change the way you look at maps. You will come away as a more informed and discerning map reader with an understanding of the history of cartography from early survey maps through today’s GPS network.

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Citizen Science and Bird Watching in the City

December 16, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and Kansas City Public Library. Program Summary City dwellers may think bird watching is a pastime just for their country cousins, but birds are everywhere! Despite being one of the most beloved facets of the natural world, birds are often overlooked in urban environments. Whether you are an experienced birder or a novice, join Dr. Charles Nilon, Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Missouri, to learn how you can explore the world of birds no matter where you live.…

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January 2021

A Shot in the Arm: What You Need to Know about the COVID Vaccines

January 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

With two vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S., the next major hurdle in the fight against the pandemic will be getting people immunized. In the U.S. alone, distributing vaccines to over 300 million people will present an unprecedented logistical challenge. Moderator Alex Knapp, Senior Editor of Healthcare and Science at Forbes, will lead a discussion with a panel of experts to answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccines, including their safety, effectiveness, and distribution process.

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