The Tallahassee Scientific Society proudly presents these and other programs each year.
Volunteers are needed! If you have the time and interest in helping present any of these events,
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HORIZONS is a series begun by the local, non-profit Tallahassee Scientific Society in 2011 to further its mission to promote public interest in science and technology. The series features one presentation per month beginning February and running through April. All presentations are held at TCC’s Center of Innovation in Kleman Plaza at 7 PM; doors open at 6 PM. For memberships, tickets, and more information, go to Admission is free for all students.

Here’s a summary of the 2020 HORIZONS schedule:

Date: February 26, 2020
Speaker: Daniela Nicastro
Title: “Ice age” imaging opens a new window into cells
“Seeing is believing” – the invention of microscopy was crucial for visualizing living cells for the first time in the late 17th century and for the discovery of cell organelles. Dr. Daniela Nicastro uses electron microscopy at super-low temperatures in an emergent technology called “cryo-electron microscopy” to explain how large protein complexes form macromolecular structures that enable cells to function. One focus of her research is the internal skeleton of the cell, the cytoskeleton. In the process of figuring out how the cytoskeleton functions, she has been able to uncover fundamental cellular processes that are integral to the health of all living organisms.

Date: March 26, 2020
Speaker: Jerry Coyne, Ph.D.
Title: Why Evolution Is Still True
Despite the mountain of evidence supporting the theory and fact of biological evolution, most Americans still reject the naturalistic version of the process that we teach in schools and colleges, according to Dr. Jerry Coyne. In this talk he’ll explain what the modern theory really says, and then show some of the multifarious evidence for evolution and natural selection—evidence that comes from many areas of science, including biogeography, the fossil record, embryology, natural history, and genetics. He’ll then briefly discuss why this most important of all biological ideas has been denied by so many people.

Date: April 30, 2020
Speaker: Erin McKenney, Ph.D.
Title: Food, guts, and bugs: keys to a cultured life
Dr. Erin McKenney studies how microbial communities form over time and how they adapt to their environments. In this presentation, she will discuss how ecology and nutrition impact the gut microbiomes of over 22 species, with implications for promoting health and understanding disease. Her interest in microbial cultures, such as those in fermented foods, have provided an opportunity to investigate the relationship to human cultures. Microbial cultures also provide accessible systems for studying microbiology without formal laboratory equipment. By combining citizen science and global collaborations, Erin brings research into the classroom to empower students of all ages.

Gold Medal Award & Membership Social

lectureThe Gold Medal Award, established in 2004, is annually bestowed by the Society on a scientist or scholar selected from the Tallahassee community whose career achievements in science or science education and outreach are deemed exemplary.
Each fall, the Society hosts the presentation of the award and free public lecture by the awardee, preceded by a reception.

The Society invites the public to the 2019 Gold Medal ceremony and a free public lecture by Dr. Greene at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12, at the Challenger Learning Center, 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Dr. Greene’s presentation will be titled, “The Dark Energy of Quantum Materials”. Prior to the ceremony, the Society will host a reception and cash bar beginning at 6 pm.

To read Dr. Greene’s bio click here.

For a complete list of the Society’s Gold Medalists – “The Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal Winners” click here.

Field Trips

The Tallahassee Scientific Society is continuing its series of field trips, which usually are Saturday morning, family friendly, expert-led outings. They are announced first to TSS members by email and later to the general public if spaces remain. Trips in the 2017 and 2018 seasons have focused on karst geology, astronomy, archaeology, dinosaur paleontology, quarry fossil-hunting, and visits to Tall Timbers Research Station and the Hopkins Power Plant. New trips are offered to members by email and advanced reservations are required. Group size is managed for a maximum educational experience, and there are no charges for the trips. Watch your email and register quickly when the trips are announced.
To view our upcoming field trips Click Here

2020 Field Trips:

Postponed. New date TBD

Date: April 18, 2020

Title: Expedition to the Alum Bluff Exposure on the Apalachicola River
Harley Means, Assistant State Geologist, will lead an expedition to Alum Bluff, a classic geological exposure located along the east bank of the Apalachicola River approximately 1.8 miles north of the town of Bristol in Liberty County, Florida.

For more information Click Here

Lannutti Awards

Professor Joseph Lannutti was one of the most prolific innovators of recent times. He joined the faculty of Florida State University in 1957, and brought distinction to that institution through his extensive contributions to the Department of Physics. Professor Lannutti’s creative talents have also contributed to the excellence of the graduate research programs that exist at Florida State University. The fruits of his labors are to be seen everywhere. The Tallahassee Scientific Society was privileged to welcome Professor Lannutti as a member of the Board of Directors in 1994/95, where his timely direction and advice were very fruitful.

To learn more about Joseph Lannutti Click Here

The John Gorrie Lectures

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gorriegoodWith this community-focused series, the Society honors the memory of John Gorrie (1802-1855), the pioneering physician, scientist and inventor who, from his laboratory in Apalachicola, Florida, became the first to invent an artificial means of creating ice. The principles of the machine eventually became the foundation for modern air conditioning. The Gorrie Series features presentations primarily by local scientists hosted by schools and community groups throughout the Big Bend area. The Gorrie Series has included presentations to Gadsden and Jefferson County high school science students and the 2nd Saturday Science Lab held monthly at the Leon County Public Library.