Winter/Spring 2014 Evening Courses
Registration starts Tuesday, December 3
Special Program -
The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon
A book release presentation by Joel Greenberg of the Passenger Pigeon Project
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Family Open House -
Wagner's Winter Wonderland
Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 12:00-4:00 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.
The good, the bad…the algae?
Charles Delwiche, University of Maryland
Although often thought of as nuisance organisms, algae are vital to everyday life. Please join us for a talk all about algae by Charles Delwiche, Professor (and Affiliate of Department of Biology and Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics) at the University of Maryland. The term “algae” refers to a set of distantly related organisms that are united by their capability for oxygen-evolving photosynthesis. Often neglected, these organisms include the primary producers that dominate oxygen production and carbon dioxide consumption world-wide. Many are fascinating and beautiful (albeit microscopic) organisms, and studying them can give clues to the earliest evolution of life on Earth, and suggest strategies for coping with some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Charles Delwiche has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His research interests focus on understanding the early evolution of photosynthetic life, and he would like to understand why of all the possible worlds, we got the one we have. His laboratory at the University of Maryland uses both classical and genomic techniques to study chloroplasts as endosymbiotic organelles, the origin of land plants from green algae, and the diversification of all forms of life, particularly dinoflagellates.
This month's Science on Tap is presented by the
American Philosophical Society Museum.
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.