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Fall into Q?rius with Our October Programs

by Jasmine Utsey -- Oct 1, 2014
Jasmine Utsey, Learning Program Assistant

Jasmine is a learning program assistant for the Experience Design team in the Museum's Department of Education and Outreach, where she coordinates and...

A crab sits entangled in a nylon net. Join us for Lessons From Our Lives With Plastic, a presentation and discussion on Oct. 21. Photo from NOAA.
A crab sits entangled in a nylon net. Join us for Lessons From Our Lives With Plastic, a presentation and discussion on Oct. 21. Photo from NOAA.

Fossils, oceans, and genome geeks — October is jam-packed with events for science fans of all kinds. Come geek out with us!

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and take place in Q?rius, the interactive science learning space on the ground floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. New event listings and cancellations can pop up at any time, so check the Upcoming Events calendar for the most current information.

Oct. 2 - Lessons From the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon a Century Ago
Dr. David E. Blockstein, a senior scientist for the National Council for Science and the Environment, will discuss how the most abundant bird in the world went extinct over a matter of decades and consider the implications for today. Q?rius Theater, 2-3 p.m.

Oct. 4 - Book Reading and Art Activity: Olinguito Speaks Up
In a bilingual program, museum educator Maria del Carmen Cossu reads from author Cecilia Velástegui’s new book, Olinguito Speaks Up. The olinguito is a “new mammal species,” an Andean raccoon-like creature that was scientifically described for the first time only last year. After the reading, join Maria in rainforest-related art activities and games. Recommended for ages 12 and younger. 1-3 p.m. in Q?rius jr. – A Discovery Room, First Floor.

Oct. 4 - Genome Geek Is In: How Can Identical Twins Look So Different?
Meet a genome geek!  Learn why identical twins can look completely different in an interactive DNA crafting activity using pipe cleaners and beads, led by postdoctoral fellow Khadijah Mitchell.  Great for young audiences! 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 4 - Genome Geek Is In: Autoimmune Diseases
Adam Schiffenbauer, a clinician at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), discusses his research on DNA and autoimmune diseases and answers your questions. 2-4 p.m.

Oct. 8 - Live Webcast - Solving the Dinosaur Extinction Mystery
Join Kirk Johnson, paleontologist and Director of the National Museum of Natural History, live at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT to explore the causes and consequences of the mass extinction 66 million years ago that included large dinosaurs.

Oct. 11 - Genome Geek Is In: Gene Expressions
Each cell in the human body contains the same DNA genome, yet not every cell looks the same or functions in the same way. How can this be? Genay Pilarowski, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University, explains how different genome packaging and gene expressions turn on or off. 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 15 - National Fossil DayTM!
Talk to scientists and other experts, dig for and draw fossils, and use the tools and techniques that paleontologists use to study fossils and reveal their secrets.  All the fun takes place on the ground floor of the Museum and in Q?rius, the new interactive and experimental learning space.  All events are free and open to the public, and there’s something for every age group. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 - Expert Is In: Changing Ocean – Changing Life - CANCELED

Oct. 21 - Lessons From Our Lives with Plastic, Part of the Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans Discussion Series.
Odile Madden, Research Scientist at the Museum Conservation Institute, will give a presentation and lead a discussion about plastic, a material that has transformed our lives in mundane, amusing, and profound ways. What does the evolution of plastic polymers show us about the unexpected consequences – such as material failure, resource depletion, waste management, and risks to human health and the environment – of commercial innovation? 6-7:30 p.m. in the Q?rius Theater. To RSVP for this event, visit here.

Oct. 23 - Expert Is In: Zombies in Nature
Mind control, the living dead, zombies? Snails, crabs, ants, and maybe even humans can be possessed by mind-controlling parasites. Visit with research zoologist and parasitologist Dr. Anna Phillips to explore the many incredible ways parasites manipulate their hosts and turn them into real zombies. 2-4 p.m.

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