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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.

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.

October SUTVS Live Q&A Zoom Link

Hello all! We are just two days away from the live Q&A with this month’s speaker, Christina Balentine! It will be on October 8th at 7:00 pm CDT (UTC -5). We will be using the virtual meeting platform, Zoom. You will need to register for a free account with Zoom before joining the meeting (this is a safety precaution implemented by UT Austin). We’re looking forward to it!

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

Topic: Science Under the Virtual Stars Q&A w/Christina
Time: Oct 8, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Fall 2020 Virtual SUTS Schedule

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Google poll! You all gave us valuable feedback on how to move forward with SUTS in a socially-distant world. We received overwhelming support for having a Science Under the Virtual Stars this semester. We will host three lectures by UT Austin graduate students in October, November, and December. Pre-recorded lectures, tours of Brackenridge Field Lab, activities and more will be posted to our website and Facebook on the first Thursday of the month. Then on our regular second Thursday of the month, we will have a live Q&A session with the speaker! A form will be provided for you to submit questions ahead of the Q&A, or feel free to ask them during the live event. Below is the schedule of speakers, with more details to come soon. Thank you all for your support!

  • October 1 (lecture posted) & October 8 (live Q&A): Christina Balentine – Super humankind: how humans have adapted to thrive all over the world
  • November 5 (activities and event link posted) & November 12 (live lecture and Q&A): Tristan Kubik – Planet of the Insects
  • December 10 (live lecture and Q&A): Isaac Miller-Crews – Animal brains!

Note: We will post the links for the videos/activities/live Q&A for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this blog or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

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