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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.

Virtual SUTS! Snakes of Central Texas

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be learning all about the snakes of Central Texas. Below is a list of activities all dealing with snakes. You’ll learn about their biology, ecology, and that they’re not so scary! We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A with Thom Marshall will be held on March 11th at 7:00 pm CST. The Zoom webinar link is at the end of this post.

Make a snake! What can you find in the house to make a snake?

Once your snake is made take turns to hide and find the snake(s)

S-s-s-snakes alive! Can you identify all the body parts of your snake? Which ones are venomous?

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake. Photo by Thom Marshall

Can you identify the snake? Snake Identification Quiz #1 & Snake Identification Quiz #2

Snakes and Ladders with Ecology: More advanced game, so best for kids 10+ and adults

Online Game: Snakes and Ladders. Improve counting and adding

Online Game: Snakes! The game. Improve use of computer keyboard. Try with your left and right hand

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Black-necked Gartersnake. Photo by Thom Marshall

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, March 11th at 7:00 pm CST: https://zoom.us/j/96004227540

March 11th, Thom Marshall

Snakes of Central Texas

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

Have you always wondered what kind of snakes you see in your backyard or at the greenbelt? Join us for a discussion about the snakes of Central Texas! We’ll discuss basic facts about snakes, the important roles they play in ecosystems, as well as how to identify common snakes in our area.

We are excited to partner with the Texas Science Festival for this month’s Science Under the Stars virtual lecture! Check out the Texas Science Festival’s website for a ton of other awesome FREE lectures and activities for all ages!

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:

  • March 4th: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • March 11th, 7:00pm CST: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

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

Virtual SUTS! COVID-19 Infections in Austin, TX

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be discussing COVID-19 infections in Austin, TX. For activities this month, we are sharing a great e-book resource about COVID-19 for kids and a hand washing activity you can do at home (even adults can be better hand-washers!). We also have our virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory. The live lecture and Q&A with Emily Javan will be held on February 11th at 7:00 pm CT (UTC -6). The Zoom link is at the end of this post.

A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus ebook from the American Psychological Association

Hand Washing Activity from Confidence Meets Parenting

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

An illustration created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the structure of the coronavirus now named COVID-19.

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, February 11th at 7:00 pm CT (UTC -6). Note: You must have a (free) Zoom account in order to access this meeting.

Topic: Virtual SUTS! COVID-19 Infections in Austin, Texas
Time: Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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February 11th, Emily Javan

COVID-19 Infections in Austin, Texas

An illustration created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the structure of the coronavirus now named COVID-19.

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

What do we know about our sickest COVID-19 patients? In Austin, TX the sickest patients end up in the hospital where doctors collect their age and where they live. We used this information from 6,444 patients across 5 counties to estimate how many people have been infected with COVID-19 by age group and ZIP code. ZIP codes in East Austin have the most infected residents, while those near Cedar Park have the least. Once we know where our sickest patients live, we can explore why they had such negative health outcomes and think about how to help. In this presentation we’ll discuss where our estimates come from and explore some reasons for one ZIP code to have more COVID-19 infections than another.

The research discussed in this presentation have contributions from the following scientists: Emily Javan, Emily Kushnereit, Briana Betke, Spencer Woody, Remy Pasco, Kelly Pierce, Kaitlyn Johnson, Maureen Johnson-León, Michael Lachmann, Spencer J. Fox, and Lauren Ancel Meyers.

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.) December’s schedule is as follows:

  • February 4th Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • February 11th, 7:00pm CST: Live online lecture and Q&A with the speaker!

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