Brevard Zoo and Florida Institute of Technology host Science Cafés



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Brevard Zoo and Florida Institute of Technology host Science Café at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from October through June 2015 at Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club.

The Science Café is a place where anyone interested in science can get together in an informal setting to discuss major science issues with the help of an expert in the field. 

It is free and open to the public. Best of all, it is not a lecture. It is a forum for exploring new frontiers in Science and Technology. After a brief introduction by a guest speaker in plain, jargon-free English, the evening is dedicated to informal discussion, eating and drinking. Everybody learns while enjoying the company of accomplished scientists and other people who are interested in science.

 

FALL 2014 SCIENCE CAFE SCHEDULE

 

October 15

The STEM of Fringe

Dr. Scott Tilley

Professor of Computer Education, Florida Institute of Technology

The popular TV show “FRINGE” featured fantastic stories that included time travel, parallel universes, quantum entanglement, genetic engineering, immersive man-machine interfaces and artificial evolution. 

Are any of these things real? Is the science sound? Will we ever have the engineering knowledge to build the technology that could turn science fiction into science fact? And if we did, how would these new developments affect society in terms of individual freedom, ethical behavior, and self-determination? 

Come to this exciting lecture by Professor Tilley to hear more about how you can help shape our future.

 

November 12

In the Footsteps of Darwin: Ecology & Conservation in the Galapagos Islands

River Grace

West Shore Junior/Senior High School and Florida Institute of Technology.

The Galapagos archipelago is a spectacularly beautiful group of islands with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth, and it occupies a critically important place in the history of biology. 

River Grace will describe his recent travels there, exploring the volcanic islands and their diverse habitats, both on land and under the Pacific Ocean, and he will describe the perils the islands now face and opportunities provided by this “natural laboratory” to advance conservation efforts worldwide.

 

December 10

Marine Biotoxins: Emergence of Harmful Algal Blooms as Health Threats to Marine Wildlife

Dr. Spencer Fire

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

Research Scientist, Florida Fisher & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Marine megafauna — large, ocean-dwelling animals — are often long-lived, top-level predators that face a number of threats from natural and man-made sources. Because of their ability to concentrate contaminants through bioaccumulation and their increasing exposure to a wide variety of health threats, they can serve as barometers of ocean health and demonstrate links between ocean and human health.

 

Reservations are required. To RSVP, contact Amy Reaume, conservation coordinator, at areaume@brevardzoo.org. For more information, go to ScienceCafes.org.