Tough Ceramics at the SeashoreTuesday, December 11, 2007; 6 p.m.Kitty Cat Klub, DinkytownWhat secrets to seashells hold? For University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Professor Roberto Ballarini, the natural strength of materials found in seashells may be the key to improving the design of bridges and other human structures. Join Ballarini for a discussion of science, seashells and the potential of bio-inspired design.
Re-Greening CitiesTuesday, December 18, 2007; 7 p.m.Bryant-Lake Bowl, UptownCity parks characteristically define urban nature – an oasis of the natural world in a man-made environment. But urbanites are craving new ways to experience nature and are interested in exploring emerging trends in green infrastructure and park design to redefine urban nature. Join Laura Musacchio, Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota’s landscape architecture, conservation biology and water resource science programs for a discussion about the redefinition of urban nature.
SCIENCE ON SCREEN:
Waste = Food (2006)Thursday, December 20, 2007; 7:00 p.m.Bell Museum AuditoriumEveryday natural resources are being rapidly depleted, while production and consumption rise. In response to this crisis is a new philosophy that promotes non-toxic or recyclable man-made products, triggering a new industrial revolution among designers and manufacturers. Rob van Hattum’s award-winning documentary explores how companies such as Nike, Herman Miller and Ford are experimenting with clean and sustainable production methods, following the concept that “waste=food.” (51 minutes)
Science TriviaFebruary 20 and March 19, 2008*Nomad World Pub501 Cedar Ave. S$10 registration fee per teamDo you love science news? Can you name the first person to eat in outer space? Do you own copies of “Blade Runner” or watch “Star Trek” reruns? Then join the Nomad World Pub and the Bell Museum of Natural History for Science Trivia, hosted by Doomtree MC and self-professed science geek, Dessa. Test your knowledge of science and nature with questions ranging from current events and biology 101 to science fiction. Gather a group of up to 5 friends and compete for gift certificates, Bell Museum memberships and other prizes. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Call 612-624-9050 to secure your spot!