Monday April 14 – Observations on Tanzanian Animals, Ecology, and Culture

2014-04

Observations on Tanzanian Animals, Ecology, and Culture
Speakers: Harry and Charlotte McDonald
Date: April 14, 2014
Time: 7:30
Location: Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS
Harry and Charlotte will share their thoughts (and dare we say, insights) on Africa from their trip to Tanzania this fall.  They will share their pictures and others from the trip as well as perspectives gained from their personal observations, from information provided by their guide, and from additional research.  In the spirit of scientific conversation, all are encouraged to share their own stories and opinions from trips to the Dark Continent.
Harry and Charlotte are retired science teachers, naturalists and avid bird-watchers.  Along with the usual cast of characters to be seen in Tanzania, they were able to identify over 160 species of birds and will share stories about many of them.  For those of you that remember the tales of Tarzan and references to an elephant graveyard, Harry and Charlotte will suggest one possible inspiration for that legend.

 

February 10 Science Cafe moved to March 10

Due to the weather, this presentation is once again being rescheduled.

Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, March 10 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Monday, February 10th – Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

 

Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, February 10 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Extreme weather events such as winter storms, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, floods and droughts/heat waves pose a substantial risk to life, property and commerce globally each year.  Powerful, majestic and mysterious, experiencing these types of events are the primary reason most meteorologists get “hooked” at a young age, beginning a life-long pursuit of understanding the world of extreme weather.  Because of their relatively rare occurrence, accurately forecasting extreme weather events pose various challenges to meteorologists; the presenter will attempt to highlight some of these forecast challenges.

A native of southern Minnesota, Andy is no stranger to extreme weather, experiencing many severe thunderstorms and winter storms throughout his childhood years.  One of his fondest weather memories is living through the Great Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when two to four feet of snow buried the Minnesota region.  He received his BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Dakota in 2002.  He began his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in both Great Falls and Glasgow, Montana in 2001-03, transferring to the National Weather Service here in Wichita July 2003.  Andy is a seasoned Kansas forecaster, forecasting all types of extreme weather events over his ten-year tenure here in Wichita.

Andy enjoys spending time with his wife of five years and his 6-month-old daughter, along with other family and friends.  When he gets the chance, he also enjoys storm chasing, drumming, playing golf and rollerblading.

Monday, January 13th – Comets: What Are They; Where Do They Come From; and What Can They Tell Us?

Speaker: Greg Novacek

Topic:  Comets: What Are They; Where Do They Come From; and What Can They Tell Us?

Date/Time: Monday January 13th, 7:30

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

At one time comets were the harbingers of disaster.  Today we know that they are nothing more than a “dirty” snowball from the far reaches of the solar system. At this Science Café presentation we will review our current understanding of comets; learn about a space mission that will trail a comet as it approaches the sun; and  discover the relationship between comets and meteor showers.

 

Greg Novacek is the director of the WSU Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Wichita State University.  As director Greg oversee the Center’s activities which include operation of the Lake Afton Public Observatory, the Kansas JASON Project, the Kansas Science Olympiad Tournament, the Kansas Junior Academy of Science Tournament, a lending library of math and science lending kits, and numerous classroom presentation in area schools.  He also serves as director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory and is involved in public and school programming, exhibit design and construction, and so on.  When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and “playing” photographer.  Greg received a B.S. in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.S. in Physics from Wichita State University.

 

 

Science Cafe for 12-9-13 Canceled

The Science Cafe scheduled for Monday 12-9-13 has been canceled due to predicted weather.  Our next Science Cafe is scheduled for Monday, January 13th.

Monday, December 9, 2013 – Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

 

Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Extreme weather events such as winter storms, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, floods and droughts/heat waves pose a substantial risk to life, property and commerce globally each year.  Powerful, majestic and mysterious, experiencing these types of events are the primary reason most meteorologists get “hooked” at a young age, beginning a life-long pursuit of understanding the world of extreme weather.  Because of their relatively rare occurrence, accurately forecasting extreme weather events pose various challenges to meteorologists; the presenter will attempt to highlight some of these forecast challenges.

A native of southern Minnesota, Andy is no stranger to extreme weather, experiencing many severe thunderstorms and winter storms throughout his childhood years.  One of his fondest weather memories is living through the Great Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when two to four feet of snow buried the Minnesota region.  He received his BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Dakota in 2002.  He began his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in both Great Falls and Glasgow, Montana in 2001-03, transferring to the National Weather Service here in Wichita July 2003.  Andy is a seasoned Kansas forecaster, forecasting all types of extreme weather events over his ten-year tenure here in Wichita.

Andy enjoys spending time with his wife of five years and his 6-month-old daughter, along with other family and friends.  When he gets the chance, he also enjoys storm chasing, drumming, playing golf and rollerblading.

Contact Information for Dr. Amber Campbell Hibbs

Several people asked for the contact information for Dr. Amber Campbell Hibbs.

Here it is:

Email: archibbs@ksu.edu

Phone: 785-532-3037

 

Monday November 11: Agriculture and Climate Change

 

Topic: Agriculture & Climate Change

Speaker: Amber Campbell Hibbs – Kansas State University

Date: Monday, November 11th at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Climate is a dominant factor for crop production in the central Great Plains. Projected climate changes in Kansas include increasing temperatures, larger daily precipitation events and longer and more frequent heat waves. These shifts will impact agricultural production, water supply, and human health. With over 90% of its land area devoted to agriculture, the central Great Plains will be profoundly affected by climate change. Several research projects at Kansas State University are working to better understand how Kansans perceive changes in climate and provide locally relevant, climate education.

Amber Campbell Hibbs is an adjunct assistant professor of Anthropology at KSU and the Extension Project Coordinator for a Coordinator Agricultural Program (CAP) on focusing on cattle grazing and climate change as well as the Project Coordinator for the Kansas NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Mitigation Project. She works with university faculty, partners, and project stakeholders at the local, state, and regional levels to promote climate literacy. Previously, she served as the Project Coordinator for the Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership (CGP-CEP) which ended in August 2013. The CGP-CEP worked to develop and implement climate education programs throughout the Central Great Plains region which enabled agricultural producers and rural community members to integrate the best available scientific information about climate into individual and community decisions.

Amber has a Ph.D. in Biocultural Anthropology from Emory University and a B.S. in Anthropology from Kansas State University. Her research involves human interactions with the environment through food production and their impacts on health and well being.

Monday October 14: Conservation and the Species Dating Game

 

 

Topic: Conservation and the Species Dating Game

Speaker: Schaneé Anderson – Curator of Education at Sedgwick County Zoo

Date: Monday October 14

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

In the world of endangered species preservation every breeding counts.  However, not every animal should breed.   Sedgwick County Zoo actively prevents more endangered species from breeding than it breeds.  Making sure that the offspring is the right genetic mix, confirming that there are quality homes for those animals, and breeding to maintain captive genetic viability for 100 years is all part of the “dating game.”  Learn more about the Species Survival Plan as well as the conservation work that Sedgwick County Zoo assists with around the world.    You may be shocked to discover what animal is the most endangered at Sedgwick County Zoo!

 

Schaneé is a native of OmahaNebraska.  She started her zoo career as a teen volunteer at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo over 30 years ago.  In 1992 she migrated south to Kansas as curator of education at Sunset Zoo, ManhattanKansas and traveled further south in 2003 to become the curator of education at your Sedgwick County Zoo.

 

She has her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Nebraska and a master’s in elementary education and curriculum instruction from KansasStateUniversity.  She has served on the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Conservation Education Committee and Honors and Awards, is past-president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, is a certified interpretive trainer with the National Association for Interpretation, and is an adjunct professor for Friends University.  In 2012 she was honored by KACEE with the John Strickler Award, the State’s top environmental education award.

 

She has been married to Charles for eighteen years and loves to spend time with their two sons who think they own the Zoo, two dogs, and a cat.  There is not much time for hobbies.

Monday, September 9: The History and Politics of ‘Climate Change’

 

 

 

The History and Politics of  ‘Climate Change’

Speaker: Harry Gregory, Board Member of Kansas Citizens for Science

Date: Monday, September 9

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

 

The subject of ‘Climate Change’ has become highly politicized in the last few years. It is a highly complex subject on which a tremendous amount of research has been, and is still being carried out. A vast majority of climate scientists and world-wide scientific organizations agree that climate change is occurring at a pace not explained by natural events and is in fact the result of human activity.

 

For a number of reasons, there are business interests which feel threatened by the implications of climate change and the necessary solutions to the problems that are obviously occurring. These business interests have funded a huge public relations program in attempt to convince their political allies and the public that the science is wrong. Unfortunately, their efforts have muddied the waters enough that it is very difficult for the average citizen to sort out the truth from the fiction of climate change.

 

This program is part of an effort by the KCFS to help citizens to better understand the scientific side of the story.

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Harry Gregory is a life-long environmentalist. He grew up on a farm in Missouri where he spent many hours observing wildlife in the area.

 

He has a BS in Education and a MS in Biology from the University of Central Missouri. His graduate studies concentrated on reptile behavior.

 

While still in college, he attended the Audubon Camp of Wisconsin studying various north woods habitats and used this information as a Nature Counselor at a private boys camp in Minnesota and a boy scout camp in Michigan. At his first teaching job in Hickman Mills, Mo., he established a two-acre outdoor lab on the school grounds.  Soon he became a founding member of “The Citizen’s Environmental Council of Kansas City”. This organization held workshops for other teachers to help them establish outdoor labs at their schools.

 

In 1971, he was appointed by the Missouri Governor to the Missouri State Advisory Board on Environmental Education. The task was to develop a State Plan on Environmental Education for use in public schools.

 

Harry has 12 years experience teaching Environmental Science  classes at both the college and high school levels and has served on the KCFS board for over 10 years.