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Virtual SUTS! Animal Brains!

Welcome to Science Under the Virtual Stars! This month we’ll be learning all about brains! Enjoy the kids (of all ages) activities and a virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory! The live lecture and Q&A with Isaac Miller-Crews will be held on December 10th at 7:00 pm CT (UTC -6)–the Zoom link is at the end of this post.

Activity 1 (hands-on): Brain Hat (To print or download to your computer, click File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf))

Activity 2 (hands-on): Brains and Neurons Game (To print or download to your computer, click File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf))

Activity 3 (hands-on): Brain Coloring Book (To print or download to your computer, click click the 3 vertical dots on the right-hand side of the screen > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf))

Activity 4 (online): Online Brain games

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

Drawings of brains of human, dog fish, frog, alligator, and ostrich
Photo credit: Internet Archive Book Images

Zoom Information for live lecture and Q&A, November 12th at 7:00 pm CT (UTC -6). Note: You must have a (free) Zoom account in order to access this meeting.

Christina Balentine (she/her) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Science Under the Virtual Stars: Animal Brains!
Time: Dec 10, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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December 10th, Isaac Miller-Crews

Animal brains!

Drawings of brains of human, dog fish, frog, alligator, and ostrich
Photo credit: Internet Archive Book Images

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

How do animal brains evolve? Come take a dive into neuroscience, looking at how animals (including humans!) use their brains. We will examine what is different and what seems to stay the same across a wide range of species.

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:

  • December 3rd: Links to the kids activities and live online lecture/Q&A will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • December 10th, 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.

October SUTVS Q&A Recording

We have posted the recorded Q&A with our October speaker, Christina Balentine. Apologies for the technical difficulties we had with this inaugural Q&A session. We have figured out the problem, though, so there should be no issue accessing next month’s Q&A. Thank you for your understanding as we figure out how to transition SUTS to this virtual platform! Please see the link below for the Q&A about Super Humankind, and if your question wasn’t answered (or if you have more questions), feel free to email Christina at cmbalentine@utexas.edu. Thanks y’all, and see you next month! 🙂 

Virtual SUTS! Super Humankind: How humans have adapted to thrive all over the world

Welcome to the first ever Science Under the Virtual Stars! We will be exploring human adaptation to extreme environments this month. Enjoy the kids (of all ages) activities, virtual natural history tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory, and the lecture on Super Humankind! A Zoom link to the live Q&A with the speaker, Christina Balentine, will be posted next week. This live Q&A will be held on October 8th at 7:00 pm CDT (UTC -5).

Activity 1 (hands-on): Can you adapt? (To print or fill out on your computer, click File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf))

Activity 2 (hands-on): Feeling peckish! (To print or fill out on your computer, click File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf))

Activity 3 (online): Skin color adaptation

Coloring book: Adventures in Archaeological Science (multiple languages available)

Tour of Brackenridge Field Laboratory (13 min)

The lecture! Super Humankind: How humans have adapted to thrive all over the world (31 min). Please fill out this form with your questions for the live Q&A on October 8th at 7:00 pm CDT (UTC -5)!

October 1st & 8th, Christina Balentine

Super Humankind: How humans have adapted to thrive all over the world

Superheroes like Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and the X-Men spark the imagination: what if we could have super powers like these heroes? In fact, humans all over the world do have certain super powers! Thanks to genetic adaptation by natural selection and through cultural innovations, humans thrive in seemingly intolerable environments: at extremely high altitudes in the Himalayas; the freezing cold Arctic; and in toxic, arsenic-rich regions. In this presentation, we will explore these and other super human abilities, and see that humans really do have super powers! 

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.) October’s schedule is as follows:

  • October 1st: Links to the pre-recorded lecture, video tour of Brackenridge Field Lab, kids activities, and more will be posted here and as an event on our Facebook page.
  • October 8th, 7:00pm CT: Live Q&A with the speaker! Ask questions ahead of time by filling out the Google Form posted with the event links, or ask your question(s) live during the event.

We can’t wait to “see” y’all again and chat about science!

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