Book Reading and Mixer in Raleigh, Tuesday, Sept. 26

Join us for a book reading and SCONC mixer on September 26 at 7 pm at at Quail Ridge Books. Our very own Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice will be sharing fun facts from her Book of Common Ants (Did you know that ants outnumber us a million to one? And they can carry 5,000 times their body weight?). Afterwards, we’ll walk next door to Vivace to talk more about ants, books, and a number of other things over an adult beverage.

Praise for Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants:
Carl Zimmer | National Geographic’s “The Loom”
“An elegant little book. Spicer Rice’s style is clear, fluid, and engaging. (I’m fond of the way she described winnow ants as ‘rusty ballerinas.’) What makes it especially lovely is the abundance of photographs by Alex Wild, the Ansel Adams of arthropods. I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to appreciate the miniature beauty and complexity of ants. And I hope that Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants inspires other citizen science projects.”
Gwen Pearson | WIRED
“Ant genetics and reproduction are complex topics, but Spicer Rice makes it easy to understand with minimal jargon. The species descriptions seem like stories about eccentric and entertaining relatives, rather than ants.”
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Pizza Lunch Resumes! “A Tour of Solar System Geology”

Magnificent Saturn, as seen by the late Cassini spacecraft. (NASA-JPL)

Earth is the best studied planetary body in the Solar System, but it’s by no means the only one that’s interesting. From roiling clouds of sulfuric acid on Venus, to jets of organic-rich water at Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and the frozen wastes of Pluto, recent spacecraft missions have returned fascinating new insights into the diverse array of our neighboring planets and moons. In this talk, we’ll take just a glimpse at the rich tapestry of processes, landforms, and phenomena that shape the bodies of the Solar System, and how these new insights tell us more about our own world.

Noon, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive in RTP

Speaker: Paul Byrne is a planetary geologist who cut his (professional) teeth on the giant volcanoes on Mars. He was involved with NASA’s mission to Mercury, and has since studied worlds across the Solar System. A professor of planetary science at North Carolina State University, Paul now leads the Planetary Research Group there to expand our knowledge of Earth to other planets, and vice versa.

Please RSVP on EventBrite – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-tour-of-solar-system-geology-tickets-37735738610

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Periodic Tables in Durham – Art and Science

Durham’s science cafe, Periodic Tables, is back in business after a summer hiatus.

The 2017-18 season kicks off with highly entertaining Duke Biologist Sönke Johnsen, who took a crooked path to becoming a scientist studying light, vision and camouflage in deep sea creatures. Come for the amazing photos, stay for the laughs.

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19 at MotorCo’s Music Hall on Riggsbee in Durham. $5 cover.

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Science in the Movies: Dinosaurs and Paleontologists  

DinomovieWhy is Hollywood so captivated by dinosaurs? How accurately are paleontologists portrayed on the silver screen? And, most importantly, what is the “lysine contingency”? Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Hollywood’s take on dinos (cinemasaurs?) from a panel of paleontologists and film scholars at “Science in the Movies: Dinosaurs and Paleontologists”.

Join us at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, Sept. 7th from 7:00-8:30 PM to see clips of your favorite dinofilms and have all your questions answered by our panel of experts. This event is free and open to the public (all ages), and we’ll even provide the popcorn!

This event is jointly sponsored by the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC), the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

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Inaugural SCONC Happy Hour! May 25, 2017

Please see our event listing on Facebook, check in there, and then friend us or something!

SCONC Happy Hour, at the Frontier! May 25, 5-6:30 p.m.

SCONC Happy Hour, at the Frontier! May 25, 5-6:30 p.m.

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Science Night at the Movies – April 13

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Some of the titles our experts have chosen to discuss with you.

SCONC is proud to present our third

SCIENCE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES!

7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, 308 Research Drive

(FREE PARKING! under the Bryan Research Building. MAP)

The theme this time is
Mental Health and Mental Illness in the Movies

Panelists include:

Marsha Gordon – Professor of Film Studies at NC State University, and co-host of NPR’s “Movies on the Radio.”

Ahmad Hariri – Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, Director of Duke’s Laboratory of NeuroGenetics.

Timothy Strauman – Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke.

Matthew Connor – Psychiatrist/psychotherapist in private practice in Durham.

This is a signature event of the NC Science Festival – http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/

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Give Us a Piece of Your Mind, Maybe Win Some Swag

socncballJust how many SCONCs are out there? What do you want from us?

Now’s your chance to contribute to SCONC’s future by answering a few questions, sharing your thoughts, and entering your contact info for a chance to win some adorable swag. Please follow the link — it only takes a few minutes.

 

https://dukedom.wufoo.com/forms/sconc-professional-development-survey/

Thanks!

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Baby SCONCs Testing Their Legs

We’re proud to announce nine new student members of SCONC, all students of the North Carolina School of Math and Science in Durham, who have produced a series of blog posts on Duke researchers for the Duke Research Blog.  NCSSM Dean of Science Amy Sheck, at right, leads this after-school elective on science communication. The posts will run every day or so starting Dec. 28.

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SCONC godfather and co-founder Russ Campbell of  the Burroughs Wellcome Fund provided the official SCONC pins, which the students proudly donned.

 

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Fear and Resistance – Motorco in Durham, Dec. 13

Please join Duke’s Science and Society program for a double-header event! 

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 – 8p.m. @Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham

Periodic Tables: Car crashes! Death! Cancer! Crime! Things We Fear and How Science Can Help

Fear continues to consume our daily lives: Fear of cancer, fear of crime, and other different pathways that ultimately lead us to death. How do we minimize its looming presence? And how do we do it with science?

Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang, MD, of Duke Health, Amber Beckley, PhD, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke, Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD, MPH, of Duke University School of Medicine, and Michael Clamann, PhD, of Duke Robotics and Science & Society’s Science Policy Tracking Program will discuss different ways science can alleviate the things we fear.

Presentation Topics & More Detail

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:15 – 9:30 p.m. @Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham

Film Series: “Resistance”

fireshot-screen-capture-30-resistanceAntibiotic resistance is a growing concern around the world; in September, a United Nations high-level meeting was called to address the topic; experts worry that gonorrhea will be completely resistant to current treatments within the decade; and we have seen the arrival of resistant strains of disease never before identified in the United States in the past few years.

 Join us for a screening of the documentary film Resistance and a discussion with experts in infectious disease and the environmental causes of the increasing antimicrobial resistance rates.

Event Link

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Science in the Movies: BUGS! !

Weasley bugPlease join us for “BUGS: FEAR, FASCINATION AND FANTASY”, a free and open-to-the-public event at NC State University.

7 -8:30 p.m Tuesday, September 13th
in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium
at NC State University’s Centennial Campus

This is the second event in the “Science in the Movies” series which is organized and sponsored by the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC) and NCSU Libraries.

In advance of the NC Museum of Natural Science’s annual “Bugfest”, join a panel of experts as they show and discuss clips from their favorite film insects, bugs and creepy crawlers, and explore why they have long been the objects of fearfascination and fantasy.

Note: Some of the clips presented may not be suitable for young children. We’re talking creepy.

Panelists include:

  • Holly Menninger (Entomologist and Director of Public Science, NC State University College of Sciences)
  • Marsha Gordon (Prof. of Film Studies at NC State University, and a regular contributor to WUNC’s “Movies on the Radio” segment)
  • Matt Bertone (Entomologist and NCSU Extension Associate)
  • Alper Bozkurt (NCSU Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and designer of “cyborg cockroaches”)

The discussion will be hosted/moderated by Brian Malow (the “Science Comedian”).

More info: www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/science-movies-bugs-fear-fascination-and-fantasy, or contact Jory Weintraub (jory@duke.edu).

 

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