• Horizons 2021

    January 28 • Erin McKenney, Ph.D., The Public Science Lab, Ph.D., Duke University, M.S., North Carolina State University 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…

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    Leon County Big Read of “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

    TSS Board Member Dr. Adrienne Stephenson will be the keynote speaker for Leon County’s Big Read program. The Big Read is a national program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. One of the books selected for this  program is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. There are book clubs facilitated by the library staff and members of the TSS Board of Directors. See link to see the schedule and to register for these events here.  Visit the Leon County Library website for more information.Join us for our first Library Lecture of 2021 with the NEA Big Read – Leon County Kickoff event of Lab Girl by Hope Jahren on Thursday, Feb.,…

  • The Alum Bluff Exposure: Learn and Explore

    Join the Tallahassee Scientific Society as we launch our 2021 Learn and Explore Field Trip Season! This series will get us back out into nature and science safely. For each Learn and Explore Field Trip, the TSS will host a virtual, 1-hr meeting to learn about a field trip or experience with an expert. The expert will describe the science behind the excursion and the logistics needed to explore. After the meeting, you can explore in the way you decide is safe. You may choose to trek out on your own, or round up a couple of fellow TSS members for some outside, socially-distanced science exploration. Our first Zoom meeting…

  • Horizons 2020

    February 26 • Daniela Necastro, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Mesical Center “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…

  • 2019 TSS Gold Medal Nomination

    Important: Extension of 2019 TSS Gold Medal Nomination The Tallahassee Scientific Society requests that all active members consider nominating outstanding scientists or mathematicians for the Society’s annual Gold Medal Award. The nomination window has been extended to July 15. Please see the nomination form for details and criteria. Previous Gold Medal honorees may not be nominated again (See previous honorees here) We need all members’ help to award Tallahassee’s best! Thanks very much! Download the Gold Medal Nomination form

  • 2019 Field Trip Series – Spring Birding at St. Joe Peninsula State Park

    MARCH 23, 2019 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM The Tallahassee Scientific Society is continuing its 2019 Field Trip Series with a birding expedition to St. Joe Peninsula State Park. The park has received recent national attention when Hurricane Michael severed the peninsula right through the main day use area, leaving the campgrounds and cabins on the newly created island. We will bird the spring migrants and study the rest of the park’s excellent wildlife opportunities. Coming and going, we will drive a big loop to see various areas hit by Michael. Driving time will be unusually long and we will need volunteer carpool drivers. Google Maps says the time to…

  • Horizons 2019

    February 28 • David Kaiser, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor of Physics and Professorof the History of Science Quantum Jitters in the Sky: The Big Bang, Cosmic Inflation,and the Latest Observations David Kaiser has been featured in Science, Nature, the New York Times, and the New Yorker magazine, as well as on NOVA television programs, National Public Radio, and the BBC. His research interests include early-universe cosmology and foundations of quantum theory. Many types of evidence suggest that our universe underwent a very brief period of rapid, violent expansion, doubling in size every trillion-trillion-trillionth of a second, in a period known as “cosmic inflation.” Dr. Kaiser will discuss how…

  • 2018 Field Trip Series – Astronomy on Lake Miccosukee with the Tallahassee Astronomical Society

    OCTOBER 6, 2018 7:45 PM TO END On the night of Saturday, October 6th, the Tallahassee Scientific Society will host a free field trip to join the Tallahassee Astronomical Society at their Lake Miccosukee telescope observatory. We will meet on-site at 7:45 pm. Sunset is at 7:15 pm and twilight ends at 8:35 pm. There is no stated ending time. Because group size will be limited, all interested individuals must pre-register. To do so, email Dana Bryan at dcbgbw@comcast.net and provide the names of every individual wishing to attend and your contact information. Dana will then email you back to confirm your status and to give you further information, including…

  • 2018 TSS Gold Medal Nomination

    The Tallahassee Scientific Society requests that all active members consider nominating outstanding scientists or mathematicians for the Society’s annual Gold Medal Award. The nomination window is May 1 – June 15. Please see the nomination form for details and criteria. Previous Gold Medal honorees may not be nominated again (See previous honorees here) We need all members’ help to award Tallahassee’s best! Thanks very much! Download the Gold Medal Nomination form