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December 13, Tracy Burkhard

As quiet as a mouse? (Not singing mice!)

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“As quiet as a mouse” refers to people who don’t make a peep–but contrary to the popular saying, many mice want to be heard, and some are actually quite loud! Mice–and mammals in general–use all kinds of vocal sounds to communicate with each other in a variety of contexts. How do mammals make vocalizations? What are mice are saying to each other? And can mice really sing? Come to this lecture to find out answers to these questions and more!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 6:00 pm: Snacks and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available.
  • 6:30 pm: Kids activities start! Meet with our children’s division for fun activities designed for all ages.
  • 7:00 pm: Settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 7:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here.

Fall 2018 Semester Schedule

Mark your calendars! We have four amazing speakers scheduled for this semester, on the second Thursday of every month:

  • September 13: Kelly Wallace – fish cognition and intelligence
  • October 11: Emma Dietrich – social behavior of arachnids
  • November 8: Colin Morrison – plant and animal chemical interactions
  • December 13: Tracy Burkhard – As quiet as a mouse? (Not singing mice!)

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Note: We will post the precise schedules for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this link for details on the Sept 13 event. Follow this blog or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here.

Spring Semester Schedule

Mark your calendars! We have four amazing speakers scheduled for this semester:

  • February 8: Spencer Fox – tracking disease outbreaks
  • March 8: Colin Averill – mycorrhizal fungi in forests
  • April 12: Gautam Surya – bird conservation in Northeast India
  • May 10: Robby Deans – adaptations of aquatic insects

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

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

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here.

Fall 2013 Lineup!

We hope everyone is having a great summer! Please save the date to come and hear these awesome speakers!

  • September 12: Kelsey Jiang (stickleback)
  • October 10: Alejandro Berrio (coffee)
  • November 14: Ian Wright (spiders)
  • December 12 : Amanda Lea (Panama)
Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Fall 2012 Speakers

We’re pleased to announce the following dates and speakers for the Science Under The Stars public outreach lecture series.

  • September 13 | Stavana Strutz, West Nile Virus
  • October 11 | Patrick Stinson, How Animals Adapt to Living Around Humans
  • November 8 | Chintan Modi, Vaccine Development and Flourescence
  • December 13 | Michael Gully-Santiago, The Science and Discovery of Stars, Sub-stars, and Planets
All lectures in this series are free, open to the public, and held at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703 (map). In the case of inclement weather, lectures will be held indoors. Arrive early for complimentary refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!