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Dr. Mark Moffett

Life Among the Ants

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Dr. Mark W. Moffett, research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, author of the book Adventures Among Ants, and protégé of E.O. Wilson, talks about the ways that modern humans are much more like ants than we are like chimpanzees. With our societies of millions, only certain social insects and humans need to deal with issues of roadways and traffic rules, public health and environmental safety, assembly lines and teamwork, market economics and voting, slavery and mass warfare. The talk will be illustrated with a few of the hundreds of images from Mark’s National Geographic Magazine stories, many of subject never seen before. The lecture will transport the audience around the world, to experience the fierce driver ants of the Congo, deadly bulldog ants of Australia, marauder ants of Asia, leafcutter ants of South America, and slavery ants of the USA.

Science Under the Stars is a free, monthly public outreach lecture series founded and organized by graduate students in the Section of Integrative Biology at University of Texas at Austin. Our goals are to host fun, informal science outreach events for Austin citizens of all ages, and give scientists a venue to share their work with the general public.

Stavana Strutz

The Wild Wild West:

West Nile and Vector-borne Disease in Texas

West Nile virus is spreading across much of Texas causing hundreds of infections! Why is Texas and this year in particular so favorable for West Nile virus? This talk will examine the ecology of local and potentially threatening vector-borne diseases including West Nile virus, Chagas disease, and more!
Stavana Strutz is a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin. Science Under the Stars is a free, outdoor lecture series held at Brackenridge Field Laboratory.

Nikhil Advani

The Biological Impacts of Climate Change: Insights from Butterflies!

Climate change is predicted to accelerate over the course of this century. Breaking research on butterflies shows how species might respond.

Click here to download the poster from Nikhil’s SUTS Event!

Nichole Bennett

Sex, Bugs & Rock ‘N Roll

Humans have long been attracted to the beauty and mystique of insects. The sway and lunge of the praying mantis inspired kung fu in China, and ancient Egyptians decorated with images of scarab beetles. Likewise, people have both appreciated and integrated insect songs into their own cultures, from the cover art of rock ‘n’ roll albums to the insect choruses of the Dong people. We will embark on a multi-modal experience at the interface of insect songsters and human curiosity.

 

Click here to download the poster from Nichole’s SUTS Event!

Barrett Klein

SLEEP and the Plight of a Weary Honey Bee

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Sleep is something we can all relate to, but are hard pressed to define. We spend a third of our lives asleep and we have little understanding why. Why do you sleep? Is it for the same reason an insect sleeps? Join me for a foray into the realm of dreams, of different electrophysiological states, and of sleeping insect societies. (some of my work with honey bee and paper wasp sleep: www.pupating.org