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If you are excited by science – whether or not you are a science professional – and you live in the Western North Carolina area, then the Asheville Science Tavern is a great meetup for you. We are part of a movement of science socials such as Science Cafes (http://www.sciencecafes.org/) and Cafe Scientifique (http://www.cafescientifique.org/). Our mission is to humanize science and scientists - sharing the work of science in a way that is warm, engaging, often funny, inspiring, even beautiful.

We also offer science outings such as hikes, river trips, stargazing, science pot lucks, science trips (to NC Museum of Natural Sciences, DC museums, etc.), citizen science activities, art-science activities, and just plain social gatherings.

In WNC we live in an area of tremendous biological and geological richness, with many areas under dark skies for observing astronomy, with some great science institutions (National Centers for Environmental Information (https://www.ncei.noaa.gov) and USFS Southern Research Station (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/index.php) for example), AND with lots of smart, curious explorers like yourselves -- so we hope you will join us in learning more about the wonderful place we live.

It's free to join this group, and our events are free except where there is a fee charged by one of our partners. We often pass the Erlenmeyer flask to collect a few bucks to offset our expenses, but it's optional to chip in. We hope you join us at one of our events!

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Greater Asheville Science-For-All Bookclub

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Original Posting: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1976216079349107&id=1776551072648943&__tn__=K-R Location: OLLI Center, 1 Campus View Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 The next event will turn attention to medicine and specifically the science of human interaction with other organisms affect our health. The first selection is I Contain Multitudes; the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Copies of the book are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe at a 10% discount for members. At last check, there were 29 copies available within the Buncombe County Library System, and also is available through the library as an e-book and an audio book. The second selection is Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer. Copies are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, and 6 copies are available through the Buncombe County Library. Barnes and Noble, (both locations), also has copies available for order. The are meeting is once again at the University of North Carolina - Asheville campus at the Reuters Center, room 206, January 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Your comments, recommendations and ideas about organization are welcome and you can always contact organizer Rachel Muir at [masked].

Status of Western North Carolina's Mountain Bog Pitcher Plants

White Labs Kitchen and Tap

Western North Carolina is home to several species of pitcher plants, a charismatic and carnivorous group. Members of this group are threatened by habitat destruction, including filling wetlands for development, and by collection. The amount of genetic diversity remaining in these small and isolated populations in unknown, and reintroduction efforts could inadvertently allow cross-species hybridization. Join UNC Asheville faculty member Jen Rhode Ward to learn about work that she has done with her colleagues, students, and federal staff to determine the genetic diversity in, and species status of, these fascinating bog inhabitants. This "Second Sundays for Science" event will take place at White Labs Kitchen and Tap at 172 South Charlotte Street. Stop by anytime between 5 and 6 to mingle in the bar and sample beers made with White Labs' own liquid yeast, and a delicious and varied menu. After mingling in the bar, head upstairs to the meeting room for the presentation at 6, followed by discussion and more mingling downstairs in the bar if you'd like. Your GPS may direct you to a different address if you just enter "White Labs," so be sure to enter the street address for most accurate navigation. There is ample free parking in back and if you enter from the back parking lot, you'll be entering the second floor where the talk will take place. The bar is downstairs. Thanks to the good folks at White Labs for providing a great space for us to gather and talk about science!

Extreme Weather: A Conversation with Bill Nye

U.S. Cellular Center Asheville

Folks, please read this carefully, and DO NOT RSVP until AFTER you've bought your ticket through Ticketmaster. Your RSVP on this Meetup site does not purchase your ticket nor does it guarantee you a spot. RSVPs are only so that folks who HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED TICKETS have a way of getting together at the event. I hope to see you there in April! Press release from the U.S. Cellular Center: American science educator, engineer, comedian, television presenter, author and inventor Bill Nye will conduct a conversation on stage at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 7 p.m. April 1, 2019. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at[masked]. The conversation on the topic of extreme weather and climate change will be moderated by Greta Johnsen of WBEZ Chicago and host of the NERDette podcast. Greta, along with Bill Nye, will take a deep dive into climate change as evidenced by extreme weather. Ticket prices range from $37-$69 plus applicable fees. The Collider VIP Package is also available and includes preferred seating, an autographed custom-made 1 of 175 Bill Nye poster, and a backstage meet-and-greet with photo opportunity after the event. “Americans are experiencing extreme weather events that feel different from what we’ve experienced in the past,’” said Josh Dorfman, CEO of The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center in downtown Asheville focused on catalyzing market-driven climate solutions. “How to think about extreme weather and climate change and what to do about it is exactly the conversation we should be having. Bill Nye’s lifelong dedication to communicating science in ways that are highly entertaining and readily understood makes him a wonderful speaker to help us all gain greater clarity into the urgency of this moment.” Tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m., Oct. 29, through the USCC Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at[masked]. (NOTE the 7pm time listed on this Meetup page is a placeholder -- not sure yet what time the event starts. Tickets will be available at: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D0055503634AB54)

All Small -- an AS IF Center event for NC Science Festival

AS IF Center invites you to join us for this hands-on art-science outing! When spring comes to the Appalachian mountains (an phenomenon so charming that Aaron Copeland even wrote a beautiful symphonic work to celebrate it), it begins with all the small things — bloodroot and trout lily, bee flies that look like fluffy flying teddy bears, cold little mountain streams. Come investigate the spring awakening of our forest by spending time with all the small things. We’ll hike a little bit (a moderate hike, 2 miles ish, with about 500 feet of elevation gain), then along the way we’ll sit a little bit and draw and make notes about small things we observe. We’ll focus on things that could fit in the palm of your hand (or smaller). What will you notice when you spend ten minutes watching a patch of moss, a single wildflower, or a small section of lichen-covered bark? Bring a nature journal or sketchbook, so you can draw or write about things that fit in the palm of your hand. Bring a loupe or magnifying glass if you have one. We will finish our hike by using microscopes to look at the small things we found, sharing our notes, and munching on some very small snacks. Rain date April 20.

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