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Late September Events in Q?rius: Tattoos, Insects, and More!

by Dan Kulpinski -- Sep 19, 2014
Dan Kulpinski

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

A bumblebee feeds on the nectar and pollen of a flower. Help us transcribe bumblebee records on September 20. Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda.
A bumblebee feeds on the nectar and pollen of a flower. Help us transcribe bumblebee records on September 20. Smithsonian photo by Rosa Pineda.

This month our events feature tattoos, bumble bees, fungi, and more.

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.

Sept. 9 - Oct. 14 – Tattoo Universe, an Art-Science Workshop Series for Teens.

Teens will explore tattoos through the lenses of anthropology and art, investigating tattooing in other cultures and their own. They will have the opportunity to learn from Lars Krutak, a tattoo anthropologist. The drop-in sessions are Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. Please RSVP.

Sept. 20 – Bumble Bee Transcription Event – We Need You!

Our Department of Entomology needs your help sharing the collection. As part of the Bumble Bee Rapid Capture project they photographed over 44,000 bumble bee specimens in just 8 weeks. Now we need to transfer all the label information to searchable text. Come transcribe bumble bee records with Dr. Sean Brady and a swarm of other bee geeks. How many can you help us transcribe? Bee novices are welcome. Please register by Sept. 19.

Sept. 20 - La vida de los insectos

Q?rius will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in conjunction with the O. Orkin Insect Zoo in “La vida de los insectos.” Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on hand to highlight specimens and collections from South and Central America, and many from Mexico.

Sept. 24 - Expert Is In: Microscopic Mysteries of Starfish and Sea Urchins

Explore amazing marine specimens with Dr. Christopher Mah, one of the world’s experts in starfish, sea urchins, and other “spiny skinned” animals.

Sept. 25 - Coastal Legacies, part of the Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans series

Patrick Megonigal, Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will give a presentation and lead a discussion about how human activity has fundamentally changed the biology, geology, and hydrology of the coasts. How are present options for managing coastal systems constrained by past practices? And how much do future options depend on the decisions we make today? 

Sept. 25 - 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.


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