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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!

Darwin Day

Join us as the Science Under The Stars team helps celebrate Darwin Day at the Texas Memorial Museum. Our very own past speaker Emily Jane McTavish will be giving her excellent talk about the evolution of Texas Longhorns at 3:00pm!

Sunday, February 11, 2012 1-4:45pm

Texas Memorial Museum

2400 Trinity St.

Austin, Texas 78705

© John A. Maisano

Here’s more information from the Texas Memorial Museum’s website:

Join TNSC on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for Darwin Day—a free, family-friendly event celebrating the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

Travel on your own voyage of discovery as you explore specimens from the TNSC collections similar to those that Darwin saw during his journey while aboard the HMS Beagle, investigate how Darwin’s observations led him to develop fundamental theories of evolution, and learn more about Darwin’s influence on modern day science.

FREE activities for the whole-family include:

Ongoing: Arts and crafts, exploration of TNSC specimens at booths hosted by University of Texas at Austin scientists, and digging in the Fossil Dig Pit

Talks by University of Texas at Austin Scientists:

1:30 p.m.Sassy taste or sexy traits: Stories about co-evolution of female preference and male traits: presented by Silu Wang, Graduate Student, School of Integrative Biology

3:00 p.m.—Longhorn evolution: presented by Emily Jane McTavish, Graduate Student, School of Integrative Biology

In 1831 Charles Darwin set off on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the HMS Beagle. His scientific observations of the amazing diversity of animals he saw in South America were the foundation of his theory of evolution by natural selection. I use the principles of evolution to study Texas Longhorn cattle, another organism that made that long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean—over 300 years before Darwin.