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August Events in Q?rius: Films, Fish, and Fungi

by Dan Kulpinski -- Aug 1, 2014
Dan Kulpinski

Dan Kulpinski is managing producer of the Q?rius website.

Marine scientist and author Stephen Palumbi and his son Anthony will show some short films and sign their new book, August 10. Photo courtesy of Stephen Palumbi.
Marine scientist and author Stephen Palumbi and his son Anthony will show some short films and sign their new book, August 10. Photo courtesy of Stephen Palumbi.

We’re offering a diverse lineup of events this month, including some films, a few ocean-related events, and one about fungi.

All events are free, unless otherwise noted, 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.

August 1 - YES! Teen Interns’ Community Day - The Museum’s high school interns will present their summer internship research projects to the public during this science fair-style event.

August 2 - "Dude, What Fish is This?" - Fish Barcoding Workshop for Teens and Adults, with Dr. Steve Bond. Bring your own fish sample and determine if it really is what the label says it is. Registration required.

August 7, 8 and 9 - Documentary Film and Discussion: Twitch – This film is the first documentary to follow the life of an individual going through genetic testing for Huntington’s Disease (HD), a devastating genetic neurological brain disorder. Following the screening, filmmaker Kristen Powers discusses her decision to be tested for HD.

August 10 – Short Films and Book Signing: The Extreme Life of the Sea - Stephen Palumbi, a leading marine scientist, and his son Anthony, a novelist and technology writer, take us on a dive into the absolute limits of the aquatic world to meet the fastest, deepest, hottest, and oldest creatures of the oceans. The dynamic visual presentation includes short films; afterward the Palumbis will sign copies of their new book. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased with your registration.

August 14 – Expert Is In: Mineral-Making Fungi - Biogeologist Carla Rosenfeld discusses how fungi make minerals. She researches how certain fungi can be used in places where metals have contaminated the soil.

August 20 – The Expert Is In: Ocean Acidification - Did you know that the oceans are acidifying at one of the most rapid rates in Earth’s history? Many marine species, from phytoplankton to fish, are sensitive to the change, including the shellfish we like to eat! Come talk to Shalin Busch, an expert working on this challenge, to learn more.

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