Monday March 12: Little Readers Are Succeeders – or -How to get your child off to a good start in reading and life

Practice Storytelling with a Plot Potluck!

Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas Wichita, KS

Speaker: Dr Kimberly McDowell, Associate Professor, WSU College of Education

 Reading skills provide a vital foundation for children’s academic success. Children who read well tend to read more and as a result, acquire more knowledge. Although many children learn to read without significant problems, more than one in three experience considerable difficulty. This presentation will discuss risk factors associated with difficulties in successful acquisition of reading skills and strategies that can be used to facilitate growth.

 Dr. McDowell teaches language and literacy courses and is the program chair for the Reading Specialist program as well as the Masters of Arts in Teacher Early Childhood Unified Residency program. She currently is the PI or CoPI on three nationally funded grants totaling over $10.5 million. Dr. McDowell resides in Wichita with her husband, Troy, and their seven children.

Is my baby well-adjusted? -or- Could chiropractic benefit my baby?

Wichita Science Cafe

Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas

Wichita, KS

Speaker: Dr. Devin Jeanne Vrana

Join a discussion of chiropractic and the benefits of introducing care to our youth. Highlights will include safety and efficacy, examples of when to visit a Pediatric Chiropractor, and testimonials from happy parents.

Dr. Vrana, based in St. Mark’s, Kansas, works with patients of all ages. She has studied a variety of Chiropractic techniques, including both manual and low force/instrument-adjusting approaches. Dr. Devin is currently working on her fellowship with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to become specialized in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic care.

Food Germs Can Make You Sick! What should we do, stop eating?

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Date: Monday, Jan. 9, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas Wichita, KS)

Speaker: Melissa Weber, Ph.D.
Food Scientist, Cargill Innovation Center

Food safety has come into question more than ever before, with salmonella and E.Coli turning up in everything from spinach to peanut butter. Some outbreaks have made people sick, and even killed them.

What are some of the food risks we face?
How can they be managed?
What’s my role?

Understanding the sources and transmission of microorganisms can reduce the risk of you or a family member becoming one of the 48 million people sickened by foodborne diseases each year.

The Failed American Fitness Model (What America Isn’t Losing)

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Date: Monday, November 14, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Donut Whole,

1720 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS

Speaker: Dr. Dustin L. Weber, M.eD,. D.C,. CSCS

Thirty percent of Americans are obese, and 60% are considered overweight. As these shocking numbers continue to increase, it is time to reevaluate the traditional approaches to healthy living and weight loss in America. Dr. Weber will share his insights as a researcher and as a professional in the field. He will offer strategies that go beyond the “in the box” thinking that has led us down this path, and he will discuss the newest research on weight loss and exercise.

 Dr. Weber is the owner and operator of Weber Family Chiropractic. He has been involved in the health and wellness field for more than eight years.

Endocrine Disruption and Epigenetics: It is Both Nature and Nurture

Date: Monday, October 10

Place: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Time: 7:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. William J. Hendry, Professor and Chair of Biology at WSU

How do early developmental events affect wellness in your adulthood, your children, and perhaps even your grandchildren? Dr. Hendry will introduce a newly emerging paradigm in biology (epigenetics) and how it is implicated in the induction of both infertility and cancer (endocrine disruption) across generations.

  “Once nurture seemed clearly distinct from nature. Now it appears that our diets and lifestyles can change the  expression of our genes. How? By influencing a network of chemical switches within our cells collectively known as the epigenome. This new understanding may lead us to potent new medical therapies. Epigenetic cancer therapy, for one, already seems to be yielding promising results.” — PBS Nova Program Description. See video at

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Peak Oil: What is the world energy outlook?

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Date: Monday, September 12, 2011

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas, Wichita)

Speaker: Dr. Keith Miller, Department of Geology, Kansas State University

There are many conflicting voices about the current status of our fossil fuel resources, both domestically and globally. This presentation will focus on the current state of the global oil resource.

The availability and distribution of fossil fuel resources is a consequence of Earth history. A realistic understanding of available energy resources is vital to effectively address a wide range of environmental, social, economic, and political concerns.

Dr. Miller is a research assistant professor in geology at KSU, where he has taught since 1990. His interests are in the sedimentary geology of Kansas, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and science education. He is particularly interested in the reconstruction of Earth history.

Please come and enjoy interesting conversation and good food and coffee.  BRING A FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, OR NEIGHBOR!

High-Energy Cosmic Rays: What Are They, and Where Do They Come From?

Date: Monday, May 9, 2011

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Speaker: Dr. Nickolas Solomey, Proferssor and Chair of Physics at Wichita State University

Dr. Nickolas Solomey will let you in on the latest about the Auger Experiment.  It’s a large cosmic ray experiment, the first half of which has been built in Argentina.  The next phase of the experiment is to build a larger Northern array, possibly in Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas.

Dr. Solomey will talk about what cosmic rays are, compare a cosmic ray observatory to a traditional observatory, and explain why the Kansas-Colorado region is ideally suited for this new type of observatory that will look farther back in time than any optical telescope can.

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What are migraines all about?

Monday April 11,  2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS). Click here for directions

Dr. Richard Leu will be presenting on the topic, “Understanding Migraines.”
More than 28 million people in the United States have migraines.  They’re more than just headaches; they can be nearly disabling.  And we’re still not sure what causes them.  Dr. Leu sheds light on this rather mysterious condition.

Dr. Leu graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1974.  He completed a Family Medicine Residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois in 1977.  Dr. Leu was the director of the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency from 1990-2009 and is currently a faculty member at the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency, where he conducts a Migraine Clinic.

Please come and enjoy interesting conversation and good food and coffee.  BRING A FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, OR NEIGHBOR!  See you there!

A Killer’s Worst Enemy: Science! – or – Oh, what a tangled web they weave… in the DNA they leave.

Monday March 14

Speaker: Lt. Ken Landwehr

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS)

When the BTK case was closed, it was Lt. Ken Landwehr who appeared on TV to describe the investigation that led to the capture of the “Bind, Torture, and Kill” serial murderer.  At this Science Cafe, he will talk about how DNA helps homicide investigators catch criminals.

Since Lt. Landwehr joined the Wichita Police Department in 1978, he has served in Vice Narcotics, Cold Case and Homicide and as a forensic lab supervisor.  He has supervised more than 600 homicide investigations and has taught Death Investigation to law enforcement personnel across Kansas for 21 years.  He is the director of the Mid-States Homicide Investigators Association.

Please come and enjoy interesting conversation and good food and coffee.  BRING A FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, OR NEIGHBOR!  Ask all the questions you want.  The Lieutenant won’t take the Fifth.

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Sponsored by Kansas Citizens for Science

Song, Dance, and Sex — The Evolution of Avian Mating Systems

Tuesday February 15

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS)

Dr. Alan Maccarone will be speaking over “Song, Dance, and Sex — The Evolution of Avian Mating Systems”

Dr. Alan Maccarone earned his Ph. D. from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey.  He has been a Professor of Biology at Friends University since 1998 where he previously held the positions of Director of Environmental Studies for the Graduate Program and Director of Zoo Science for the Undergraduate program.

He is currently an ornithological and ecological consultant for Altwell LLC, on Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat study in Kansas.  Most recent of his many publicatons include: “Changes in the abundance and spatial distribution of the Atlantic Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) on a Texas Beach two years after Hurricane Ike”, Texas Journal of Science, (2011) and “Nest-activity patterns and food-provisioning rates by Great Egrets (Ardea alba).”,  Waterbirds, (2010).