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June 2020

Rendering the Invisible Visible: Student Success in Exclusive Excellence STEM Environments

June 8, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This program will be an online livestream lecture. Click on "find out more" below for information on how to access the free program.

Despite efforts to diversify the academic pipeline, persistence of underrepresented and minoritized African American, Latinx, and Native American/Pacific Islander students in STEM undergraduate & PhD programs continues to be a challenge. This talk will refocus our attention on the pivotal and often invisible roles that academic institutions, STEM disciplines, and faculty-communities play in contributing to inequitable student outcomes. Our discussion will render the invisible visible by examining institutional, STEM-discipline, and faculty-community biases inherent in academic and STEM cultures, practices, and policies.

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Livestream Program: A Chance Encounter: The Pechell Family and Their Interest in the Stars

June 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Part four of a four part conversation between the Society’s Librarian, Sian Prosser, and the Library’s Vice President for Special Collections, Jason W. Dean. For the final session, Sian and Jason will focus on their overlapping collections and specifically on a bound manuscript held by the Library written by Charlotte, Lady Brooke Pechell. Her youngest son, Samuel, was a fellow of the Royal Society. Sian and Jason will also discuss the development of astronomy education in Britain using two sets of cards in their collections.

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Second Saturday Conversation: Reintegrating Animals on the Farm: Preserving the Future of Humanity Through Integrated Cropping Systems

June 13, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can science help us learn how to increase food production while also caring for the planet with sustainable agricultural practices? The answer is yes! Integrated crop-livestock systems not only increase food production, but also provide dramatic benefits for the soil and environment. Research has provided insights into a number of techniques through which farmers and growers can reduce environmental risks, increase production, and realize economic benefits as well.

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Science Matters Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Tools for Thinking About Risk During the Pandemic

June 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Using one of the universe’s most complex systems- the human brain- each of us makes tens of thousands of decisions every day. Each choice involves fascinating and complex cognitive processes such as attention, perception, and memory that occur at lightning speed and often without our even noticing. During a time of heightened risk and sometimes overwhelming information, such as the current pandemic, that decision making process is pushed to extremes.

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How Do I Become a Meteorologist?

June 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Are you a junior high or high school student fascinated by weather and curious to know what it takes to become a meteorologist? Join us Friday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m. CDT, for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from FOX4 Kansas City meteorologist Alex Countee.

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