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Science Under the (Virtual?) Stars Interest Poll

Hello all and welcome to the new academic year! Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are still unable to hold SUTS in person. However, we would like to know if there is interest in a Science Under the (Virtual) Stars this year. We are thinking of posting a pre-recorded lecture once a month (or more frequently, if there is enough interest) followed by a Q&A session with the speaker (either live or pre-recorded answering questions that are emailed/posted here). We are also thinking of posting video tours of the Brackenridge Field Lab, natural history facts, and instructions for kids activities related to the lectures on our website. Since this is Science Under the Stars, we encourage you to participate outside! (If the internet connection allows for it, of course.) Please vote in the Google poll linked here to help us gauge interest. Thank you! 🙂

https://forms.gle/ss5QAf84FYqZRHbQ9

Spring Talks Canceled

Dear all,
 
We are saddened to announce that we will be canceling the remaining Science Under the Stars and Neighborhood Science talks for this semester. UT Austin has implemented restrictions of university-sponsored gatherings of 10 or more people to help curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will be adhering to these new regulations. The health and wellbeing of our community is of the utmost importance.
 
We plan to reschedule the talks to next fall and spring semesters. So keep an eye out for announcements in August.
 
Thank you for your understanding. We send our best wishes and hope everyone remains healthy.
 
Best,
Science Under the Stars organizers

Spring 2020 Semester Schedule

It’s that time of the year, mark your calendars! We have four wonderful speakers scheduled for the semester of talks, on the second Thursday of every month:

  • February 13: Natalie Foster – Dust to dust: the life cycle of stars in our universe
  • March 12: Tristan Kubik – Fermented fantasia: a leavenly evening sure to spoil you rotten!
  • April 9: Christina Balentine – Super humankind: how humans have adapted to thrive all over the world
  • May 14: Isaac Miller-Crews – Animal brains!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Note: We will post the precise schedules for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this blog or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here.

Thank you!

Thank you all for a great fall semester! We will be back in the spring with more awesome talks! Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for the Spring Semester schedule, to be posted in January. 🙂

Fall 2019 Semester Schedule

It’s that time of the year, mark your calendars! We have four speakers scheduled for an exciting semester of talks, on the second Thursday of every month:

  • September 12: Megan O’Connell – Bees go grocery shopping
  • Special event! September 19: Larry Gilbert – The history and role of Brackenridge Field Laboratory at 52 years and counting
  • October 10: Caitlin Leslie – Sensory Superheroes: Extreme Animal Sensory Systems
  • November 14: Chase Rakowski – Plankton: the little alien-like creatures that might save us all
  • December 12: Claire Hemingway – Brainy bats: strategies for finding food in the jungle at night

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Note: We will post the precise schedules for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this link for details on the September event. Follow this blog or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

On September 19 we will be hosting a special event on the history and importance of Brackenridge Field Lab. If you’ve wondered why and how UT has maintained a field lab in the middle of the city and what has been discovered there, come on out! Details here.

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here.