March 28, 2019

On a Silken Thread: Spider Fact and Fancy.
 

Dr. Paula Cushing, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

7:00 p.m.

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Dr. Paula Cushing, the curator of invertebrate zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will present information on eight-legged arachnids. Dr. Cushing has been conducting research on spiders for over 20 years. She began her position at the museum in 1998 and since 1999 has been surveying the spiders of Colorado through the Colorado Spider Survey (http://www.dmns.org/colorado-spider-survey).  


Dr. Cushing earned her PhD from the University of Florida

For more information visit;

http://www.dmns.org/science/museum-scientists/paula-cushing/



Location: Salida Steam Plant Theater, 220 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201

Click here to download Paula’s poster (available soon).


April 25, 2019

Uncompahgre Utes: Then and Now.

Roland McCook

7:00 p.m.

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Roland McCook—Member and former Chair, Uncompahgre Band of the Northern Ute Tribe and great great grandson of Chipeta. Roland was raised in the Ute Traditional way and will share his experiences of growing up on the Ute Indian Reservation. He will also discuss the history of the Utes in Colorado.

For more information visit

http://www.eptrail.com/ci_14498983

Location: Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., Buena Vista, CO 81211.

Click here to download Roland’s poster. (available soon)


May 16, 2019

Build a Bigger Table

Pastor John Pavlovitz

Author of “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community.”

7:00 p.m.

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No one likes to eat alone; to approach a table filled with people, only to be told that despite the open chairs there isn't room for you. The rejection stings. It leaves a mark. Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long: "You're not welcome here. Find someplace else to sit." How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion?

Pastor John Pavlovitz challenges us to join him on the journey to find--or build--a church that is big enough for everyone. He speaks clearly into the heart of the issues the Christian community has been earnestly wrestling with: LGBT inclusion, gender equality, racial tensions, and global concerns.  John believes organized Christianity can find a new way of faithfully continuing the work Jesus began two thousand years ago, where everyone gets a seat.

For more information visit;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pavlovitz


Location: Surf Hotel (Ivy Room)  1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista, CO 81211.

Click here to download John’s poster. (available soon)


June 20, 2019

Understanding your DNA: the past, present and future of human genetic research

Dr. Michael Edwards CEO, Bioinfo Solutions LLC, a data analytics company

7:00 p.m.

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The information contained in the 6 billion bits of code stored in our DNA can be used to trace ancestry across the planet, to convict someone of murder or to predict the potential for a terminal disease later on in life. The cost of determining this genetic code for the average person has previously been prohibitive, but recent scientific advances have now made it feasible for most U.S. citizens to know their genetic makeup in the very near future. This lecture will attempt to summarize the current state of genetic research and to explain how all this information will completely change the way we do science and medicine in the future.


Dr. Edwards is an expert in the use of the commercial bioinformatics and analytical platforms Partek Genomics Suite, BaseSpace Suite, JMP statistics and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, along with the freeware platforms DAVID, Cytoscape, STRING and Galaxy. He has worked extensively in cancer genomics, contributing the bioinformatics analysis in publications involving pituitary, lung and bladder tumors.

For more information visit; https://www.bioinfosolutions.com/about

Location: Surf Hotel (Ivy Room), 1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista, CO 81211.

Click here to download Michael’s poster. (available soon)


August 1, 2019

Understanding the future of Earth’s forests in a changing climate

Dr. William Anderegg

7:00 p.m.

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Massive mortality events of many tree species in the last decade prompt concerns that drought, insects, and wildfire may devastate forests in the coming decades. How do drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, tree physiology, species interactions, carbon cycling, and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks? William’s research spans a broad array of spatial scales from xylem cells to ecosystems and seeks to gain a better mechanistic

Dr. Anderegg received his Ph.D from Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2008 B.A. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. He has also worked at the Princeton Environmental Institute and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Climate & Global Change with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information visit;

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Yq_Ql6gAAAAJ&hl=en

Location: Salida Steam Plant Theater, 220 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201

Click here to download William’s poster. (available soon)


October 10, 2019

Biology and Buddhism: What I've Learned about Life during a Decade Teaching Science to the Dalai Lama's Monks and Nuns

Dr. Arri Eisen

7:00 p.m.

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Several years ago the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to shape and lead the first significant change to his monastics' academic curriculum in six centuries. Dr. Arri Eisen, who has been teaching in Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Center for Ethics at Emory for 29 years, has been involved in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative since its inception. He will discuss with the audience, unexpected insights gained in the project in relation to science and religion, teaching across cultures, and the process of thinking about and doing science in general.

Dr. Eisen holds is a Professor of Pedagogy at Emory University.

For more information visit;

http://ethics.emory.edu/people/Faculty/Arri_Eisen.html

Location: Surf Hotel (Ivy Room), 1012 Front Loop, Buena Vista, CO 81211.

Click here to download Arri’s poster. (available soon)