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Sweet Science of Honey, Heaven Knocking and "Playing" Science

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Dear Science Field Trips Meetup Member,  

Can you savor how science stimulates your synapses to scintillate?  ....SWEET!   

Coming up is Chemistry of Honey, Lisa Randall brings the universe to your local library and, not one, not two but three science-based plays in town. Sizzling!  

Get it all on your calendar now!


Check out our fun video shorts of past chemistry programs:

  Chemistry of Beer            Chemistry of Cosmetics

Then connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (over here >>>>)  

where you'll be first to get details of the long-awaited Chemistry of Coffee.

 Chemistry of Honey - Sweet Science on a Saturday


In keeping with our very popular "Chemistry for Adults" series, ISC now serves up yet another tasty program -- Chemistry of Honey (aren't you glad I didn't say "in bee-keeping with.."?).


This sweet program will delight and enlighten you with how bees actually make honey, how it's harvested and other fun facts.  Our entomologist (that's a bee expert) Dr. May Berenbaum of University of Illinois-Champaign, together with our chemist (that's a chemistry expert) Dr. Shelby Hatch of Northwestern University will share with you the extraordinary chemical properties of honey and its many varieties.


You'll conduct experiments yourselves to explore the wonders of this golden goodness.  There may be balloons and beakers and ph involved, and perhaps refractometers, but there will be definitely be tastes to tantalize your tongue.


This program is in collaboration with the Notebaert Nature Museum and Slow Food Chicago as part of their series on bees and beekeeping.


Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:30am -12:30pm
Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL

Tickets are only $15 (includes museum admission!) Available online here.    

Space is limited.   

 Lisa Randall - Knocking on Heaven's Door 

Lisa Randall


Lisa Randall, renowned Professor of Physics at Harvard University and one of today's most extraordinary, influential and highly cited theoretical physicists, discusses and signs her new book, Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World.  Randall examines how the latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science.


Tuesday, November[masked]  at 6:00 pm  

Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Public Library 

400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL  

This talk is in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library.

Registration is REQUIRED for this FREE event. 
Please visit here to register and for more details. If you cannot register on-line, please call (312) 747-8184.


Center for Genetic Medicine - "Drug Abuse - A family matter?"


Explore the genetics of drug abuse with Northwestern's Center for Genetic Medicine at the fall Silverstein Lecture Series 

DRUG ABUSE: a family matter?


Does drug abuse run in the family? We certainly know that environmental influences, such as exposure to drugs as children or teenagers, increases the risk of substance abuse later in life. However, researchers have determined that the prevalence of inheriting drug abuse ranges from 40-60%, suggesting that vulnerability to drug addiction is not merely environmental, but also genetic.   


Learn how the field of genetics could help prevent and treat drug abuse in a conversation with Dr. Glen R. Hanson, professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Hanson will unveil the genetic elements of drug abuse and discuss how these inherited factors can increase one's risk of developing related problems. This exciting research has the potential to improve drug abuse risk screening and advance individualized treatment methods.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011     6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  McCormick Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL    


Thursday, October 27, 2011     6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Hughes Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
303 E Superior Street, Chicago, IL   

FREE and open to the public; no registration required.   


The Silverstein Lecture Series was established by the Herman M. and Bea L. Silverstein Medical Research Fund for Genetic Medicine to bring advances in genetics research and medicine to the general public. Twice a year, the series features a renowned expert who discusses his or her research in a community forum.

"Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy"


New Suit Theatre Co. is proud to present "Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy" - an adaptation of the documentary film of the same name. It follows Dr. Randy Olson, a scientist turned filmmaker, who is convinced that he can make a movie that will end the global warming debate just by interviewing scientists and placing their ideas side by side. When things don't go as planned, it's up to his sensible production assistant, his crazy producer, and his skeptical cameraman to help him maintain his faith in humanity.

Sizzle" is a story that has its roots in the credibility crisis currently enveloping science in America. It is about the hilarious (and not-so-hilarious) ways we behave when unable to bring others to our point of view. It is about communication and miscommunication. Ultimately, it is about moving forward together. 

"A Number"


Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science 

is proud to present an ETOPiA production

A Number, a play by Caryl Churchill and directed by John Gawlik.


Written in 2002 - six years after the highly publicized creation of "Dolly," the cloned sheep - A Number explores the conflicts that arise between a father and his adult son, who learns that his father may have allowed his son to be cloned when he was a child. The play delves into the personal consequences of human cloning and how the power of replicating genetic identity may have unintended consequences.


Performance dates:

October 27 - November 13, 2011 

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. / Sundays at 2 p.m.

Technological Institute, Room L361 

2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
Admission is free / Reservations are highly recommended. 

Each performance includes a post-show discussion led by Northwestern students and featuring a panel of Northwestern University faculty members and graduate students. Post performance panel discussion will inform the audience about the science behind the play, concluding with a Q & A with university faculty, students, and the professional actors.

Run time: Approximately 1-hr, 40mins including post-performance discussion.

"Creation's Birthday: A Big Bang Beginning"

Creation's Birthday - A Big Bang Beginning, by Professor Hasan Padamsee, Cornell University and directed by Rhiannon Cooper, MA, Theatre Arts, Arizona State University.


How did boxing champ, war-hero, and prodigy astronomer, Edwin Hubble (of Hubble Telescope fame) gang up with a moon-shine peddling janitor and a Jesuit priest to defeat the Goliath of science, Albert Einstein?   Come see the brainchild of Chicago and Evanston capture Hollywood hearts, expand our Universe, and figure out Creation's Birthday.


Historical backdrop: Roaring 20's, Prohibition, World War I, Women's suffrage.  

Performance dates:

Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19, 7:00 - 9:00pm 

Gorilla Tango Theatre

1919 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Tickets: $20 (group rate available) or (773)[masked]

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