• Horizons 2017

    February 23 • Bruce Means Diamonds in the Rough: Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Bruce Means is a biologist at Tallahassee’s own Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy and leading authority on the natural history of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. He has published 10 books and 280 scientific research papers, contract reports, and popular articles in Natural History, National Geographic, International Wildlife, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, South American Explorer and other natural history magazines. Presenter in numerous documentary films for National Geographic Explorer, BBC Television, and PBS, he celebrates North America’s iconic eastern diamondback rattlesnake in the most exhaustive study of any single snake in the world. March…

  • Lannutti Lecture Series

    The 2017 Lannutti Lecture series will be held on November 30th. Mark your calendars and plan to attend one or both of the lectures. This year’s presenter is Dr. Gabriela González, a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. LSU is only 30 miles away from the LIGO Livingston Observatory, where she conducts most of her research. The LIGO project, funded by the National Science Foundation, has gravitational wave detectors in two observatories, the one in Livingston and a second in Hanford, Washington. Dr. González has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 1997, and in 2011 she was elected as its spokesperson. Her research addresses…

  • Gas Sylvestre: Introducing Carbon Dioxide

    Introducing a must-see event to learn about the exciting properties of Carbon Dioxide. Hosted at the Leroy Collins Public Library in conjunction with the the Second Saturday Science Labs collaboration.

  • Horizons 2016

    February – Chris Koenig Click to View PDF March – James Rice Click to View PDF   April – Tom Seeley Click to View PDF   May – Ken Ford Click to View PDF     February 25 • Chris Koenig, Ph.D.Deep Science:  The Secret Lives of GroupersCome hear from one of the top grouper researchers in the country fascinating details about one of the largest and most curious classes of fish in the ocean. Discover what Dr. Chris Koenig has learned from studying various species of grouper for more than 30 years. Challenger Learning Center – 200 South Duval Street, Kleman Plaza March 24 • James RiceWheels on Mars:  The Adventures…

  • Robots & The Wright Brothers

    Topic of May 25 Horizons Talk FRANK STEPHENSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT Self-driving cars, death-dealing drones, robots performing surgery, computers writing their own codes–not even George Orwell imagined a world where Big Brother could be a super-smart machine instead of a faceless, mind-robbing bureaucrat. But such is our world today as humans face a future where robots are predicted to eventually take over countless tasks that since the dawn of man have been done strictly by flesh and bone. Whether we like it or not, The Age of Artificial Intelligence is upon us, with consequences that may be liberating, terrifying or merely annoying but surely profound. Are recent dire predictions…

  • Scientist’s Talk Examines Brainy Honeybees

    FRANK STEPHENSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT Just how smart are honeybees? Scientists already know they are some of the cleverest insects on earth, capable of recognizing landmarks and different colors — and even smells — for navigation. But it turns out that bee biologists are now discovering that the buzzing little critters are far brighter than scientists ever realized. The new findings are putting honeybees’ critical roles in nature and agriculture into an intriguing new perspective, scientists say. One of the foremost honeybee ecologists in the country, Tom Seeley of Cornell University, says that while individual bees are astonishingly clever — given the fact that their brains may be the…

  • Roving on the Red Planet

    ASU astrogeologist will discuss the impact of rovers on Mars FRANK STEPHENSON SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE Soon after NASA landed its first remote-controlled rover on Mars in 1997, an avalanche of data fired back 94 million miles to Earth quickly began to revolutionize scientists’ understanding of the storied Red Planet. Today, after nearly two decades of collecting stunning photos of the planet’s landscape, along with a treasure trove of chemical analysis of Mars’ rocky soil, scientists have drawn such a sharp picture of Mars’ true nature that it sets the stage for a manned mission to the planet that NASA is planning to launch sometime in the 2030s. Exactly what…

  • Science series opens with ‘Secret Lives of Grouper’

    Frank Stephenson 11:21 p.m. EST February 20, 2016 From savory sandwiches to gourmet-grilled delights, grouper rank among the world’s finest and most popular seafood fare. So popular, in fact, that demand has long outstripped supply by commercial grouper fleets operating around the world. Surprisingly, despite groupers’ (there are at least 20 species in the Gulf of Mexico) enormous appeal, scientists have struggled to fully understand how groupers behave in the wild. Sketchy knowledge about how and where groupers grow and reproduce plagues government efforts around the world aimed at protecting and conserving them from over-harvest and potentially irreversible collapse. One of the leading and most successful champions of collecting hard-to-find…

  • Engaging the Public on Climate Change

    As a Jefferson Science Fellow, Alice Bean worked with the Office of Religion & Global Affairs at the US Department of State in 2014 – 2015 on climate change and environmental issues.  The office works to implement the National Strategy on Religious Leader and Faith Community Engagement which includes building partnerships on environmental issues.  With the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting in December in Paris, there were and continue to be great opportunities for physicists to interact with policy makers and the general public.  As an experimental particle physicist, much was learned about climate change science, how the public views scientists, how science…

  • 2016 Regional Middle and High School Science Fair

    High school and middle school students interested in science need your help. Please consider serving as a judge for the annual Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, February 12, 2016.  Winners of high school or middle school science fairs in Jefferson, Leon or Wakulla counties will compete at the Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Tully Gym on the Florida State University Campus.  We will need more than 200 judges for evaluating student projects, so your help is very important for a successful fair.  Regular Judging will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Friday, February 12th, 2016 followed by Overall Judging from 1:00 p.m. until…