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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)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/96226539648

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.

Virtual SUTS! Urban Mammals

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month, Briana Betke will be sharing cool information about the animals that live in and around Austin’s urban areas. Join us for the last SUTS of the spring semester on Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 pm CDT to learn all about urban mammals! Below is a PDF full of links to activities about raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and skunks (oh my!). We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A will be held over Zoom–link below!

Urban Mammals: Click the link or the image above to access a PDF full of links to fun activities for all ages!

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, May 13th at 7:00pm CDT:

Topic: Virtual SUTS! Urban Mammals
Time: May 13, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/99093807359

Meeting ID: 990 9380 7359

May 13th, Briana Betke

Urban Mammals

This is a stock photo of a young opossum (Didelphis virginiana), a common-urban dwelling mammal! Photo: Mikell Darling on Unsplash 

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

As human dominated areas continue to grow, natural wildlife habitat is fragmented. However, some wildlife species survive and even thrive in urban areas. Come join us to find out why some mammals may live well in cities while others do not! We will identify some common urban mammals and how they differ from their rural counterparts. Also, we will discuss what we can do to coexist with Austin’s urban-dwelling furry creatures! 

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:

  • May 6th: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • May 13th, 7:00pm CDT: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

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

April 8th, Lydia Tressel

What are We Eating?

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

Did you know that both bananas and tomatoes are berries? Did you know that strawberries and raspberries are not berries? Oh my what a fruity conundrum! We will discuss the difference between the botanical and culinary definition of fruits and vegetables. As well as subtypes of fruits and vegetables! Get ready to learn what you eat! 

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:

  • April 1st: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • April 8th, 7:00pm CDT: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

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