Winter/Spring 2014 Evening Courses
Saturday Family Program -
7th Annual Natural History Road Show
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:00-4:00 PM
Weeknights at the Wagner -
Putting the X and Y in SEXY:
How chromosomal genes turn us into boys, girls, and sometimes a bit of both
An illustrated lecture by Dr. Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore College
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Philadelphia Science Festival -
Mushrooms for People and Planet: Ancient Allies for Modern Maladies
Paul Stamets, Mycologist
Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:30-8:30 PM
Wagner Free Poetry - a new project developed by poet CAConrad and the Wagner.
Science on Tap is a monthly science café that features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation.
Rare Earth Metals: iPhones to Alien Life
Dr. Eric Schelter, University of Pennsylvania
Banished to the bottom of the periodic table, the rare earth metals are rarely discussed, exotic curiosities. Yet these metals are hidden throughout our daily lives, enabling internet communication, harvesting wind energy, and illuminating our existence. We’ll discuss the intersection of the metals with clean energy and the dark side of their exploitative mining and processing. From magnets to volcanic mudpots, rare earth metals inspire and amaze.
Eric Schelter is an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn. His area of specialty is f-block chemistry, and his work currently focuses on the chemistry of rare earth elements.
This month's Science on Tap is presented by the
Chemical Heritage Foundation.
More information on the Science on Tap series
Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: the Academy of Natural Sciences, the American Philosophical Society Museum, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.