Fall 2021 Virtual (for now) Schedule

It’s that time of the year, mark your calendars! We have four wonderful speakers scheduled for the semester of virtual talks, on the second Thursday of every month:

  • September 9: Mackenzie Johnson, Byte-size biology: What computers can teach us about animals
  • October 14: Britt White, Legged and legless: the story of lizard evolution
  • November 11: Ruben Tovar, Biology of cave salamanders
  • December 9: Julia York, Animals adapted to extremes: high flyers, deep divers, hibernators, and more!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Traditionally, events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Due to the pandemic we have gone virtual! See specific event pages for more information.

Note: We will post the precise schedules and links for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this blog, our YouTube channel, or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

Recording of Byte-size biology: What computers can teach us about animals

Thanks to everyone who were able to make it to our first SUTS of the semester! In case you missed Mackenzie M. Johnson sharing her research on how she uses supercomputers to understand the biological world, check out this recording of the presentation and Q&A. And check out our YouTube channel for recordings of our past virtual Science Under the Stars lectures!

Virtual SUTS! Byte-size Biology

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month, we get to hear from Mackenzie M. Johnson all about how supercomputers (aka really powerful computers) can help biologists learn about the world around us. Join us tomorrow, Thursday, September 9th at 7:00 pm CDT! Below is a PDF full of links to activities for kids of all ages about genetics and biological variation, and a link to our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A will be held over Zoom–link below!

Byte-size Biology: Click the link or the image above for a list of fun activities and games for all ages!

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Population variation. Photo: D. Lewis & L. Jesse, Horticulture and Home Pest News, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, September 9th at 7:00pm CDT:

Topic: Virtual SUTS! Byte-size Biology
Time: May 13, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 962 2653 96489

September 9th, Mackenzie M. Johnson

Byte-size biology: What computers can teach us about animals

Please note that for this event, both the lecture and Q&A will be live and recorded.

What is a supercomputer and how are biologists using them to better understand the natural world? Join us to find out more about the modern technologies being used to address traditional challenges in population biology. We’ll discuss the diversity we observe, the diversity we cannot, and the tools we can use to make sense of it.

Science Under the Stars has gone virtual! This semester all SUTS activities will be online, but we encourage you to participate outdoors under the stars in your backyard! (If wifi allows for it, of course.) This month’s schedule is as follows:

  • September 8th: Links to the kids activities will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
  • September 9th, 7:00pm CDT: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker! Please note, you must have a Zoom account to access the talk. You can get a free account on Zoom’s website.

Zoom info: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/96226539648

Meeting ID: 962 2653 9648

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series based in Austin, Texas.

Recording of Urban Mammals

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our last Science Under the Virtual Stars of the semester! In case you missed Briana Betke’s fascinating talk about Urban Mammals, check out the recording on our Youtube channel! We will be back in the fall with more great lectures, hopefully in person again at Brackenridge Field Lab. Have a wonderful summer, y’all!