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Welcome to Houston Science Enthusiasts! Founded in 2010 (under the original name Houston Super Secret Science Club), our goal is to provide a place for people interested in science to find and gather at the most interesting science-related activities in the Greater Houston region. These include gatherings at the many science-related lectures held at area universities and other educational institutions, visits to museums, outdoors field trips and social mixers at local pubs and restaurants.

The idea to make these meet-ups entertaining and interesting to the lay community as well as those from the ranks of professional scientists. Anyone can join -- you don't need a Ph.D., just some curiosity.

You also are invited to join our Facebook group, where we continue the discussion online: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonSuperSecretScienceClub/

You can find our page of Houston Area Science Resources here:

https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Secret-Science-Club/pages/21634126/Houston_Area_Science_Resources/

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Upcoming events (4)

ONLINE: "The Great Planet Adventures" planetarium show with commentary

The Rice Space Institute (http://space.rice.edu/) presents a screening of the popular planetarium show "The Great Planet Aventures" planetarium show with commentary from Executive Producer Patricia Reiff and author Carolyn Sumners. Description: "Watch our popular planetarium show "Great Planet Adventures" with commentary from the Executive Producer Patricia Reiff and author Carolyn Sumners. "Great Planet Adventures" takes us to planets and moons of the Solar System, showing how we can live there, the resources they provide, and how we can have fun. Narrated by Astronaut Tom Pettit it was originally created with NASA support. You can get more information on the show here: http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/hmns/great_planet_adventures/ Q&A will be held after after the 25-minute show. During the show, use the "chat" window for questions and comments. After the show, "raise your hand" in the participant window to ask audio questions. The show will be streamed in English with English subtitles. To watch the show in other languages, see our youtube channel "ePlanetarium". Register through this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-planet-adventures-planetarium-show-with-commentary-tickets-104764232640 NOTE: RSVP'ing on this Meetup page DOES NOT mean you are registered for the event itself.

ONLINE: COVID-19 — Update on Vaccine Development

Rice University's Baker Institute

WEBINAR: "As governments battle with mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists around the world are working to develop a vaccine to help societies achieve the “herd immunity” necessary to return to normal social life. Despite all the attention and resources being put into researching the Covid-19 virus, experts warn that a vaccine is still about a year away. "At this webinar, Peter Hotez, fellow in disease and poverty, and Rekha Lakshmanan, contributing expert for the Center for Health and Biosciences and director of public policy at The Immunization Partnership in Houston, will discuss the steps involved in developing an adequate, safe and effective vaccine; the current vaccine candidates in clinical trials; and why vaccines are an important tool in pandemic preparedness and response. The discussion will be moderated by Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy." Hotez bio page: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/peter-j-hotez/ Lakshmanan bio page: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/rekha-lakshmanan/ Event page and link to webinar: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2093/ To sign up for the Baker Institute newsletter, including upcoming events, go here: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/baker-institute-update/ Image credit: Centers for Disease Control

ONLINE: The Global Race to Develop Vaccines and Treatments for COVID-19

The Asia Society Texas Center presents Texas Medical Center and global experts on efforts to develop vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus and COVID-19. Description: "Epidemiologists have reported that a vaccine for COVID-19 will take 12-18 months to develop — and that is aspirational. On average, it takes 5-10 years and billions of dollars for a vaccine to reach the final approval to enter the market. The record so far is for the mumps vaccine, which took approximately four years from development to licensing. The vaccine development process includes three sequential phases of testing — a timeline that can be shortened but with some risk, as certain questions about COVID-19 remain unanswered before human testing, such as whether a person who has been infected with COVID-19 can be reinfected. In the meantime, there may be other technologies and innovations developed to treat the virus, including convalescent plasma therapy (transfusion of antibodies from a recovered patient) and anti-virals such as remdesivir, which has shown promise in reducing time to recovery for people hospitalized with advanced COVID-19. "How do we manage our expectations regarding the development of the vaccine and other treatments? Where are we in the process? Join Asia Society Hong Kong and the Texas Center as experts discuss the global race to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19." Speakers are Professor Honglin Chen of the University of Hong Kong and Dr. John P. Cooke of the Houston Methodist Research Institute. This event will be held through YouTube and Facebook Live. Learn more and find the link to the event here: https://asiasociety.org/texas/events/webcast-global-race-develop-vaccines-and-treatments-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR1ML8F1U9voDAGFWVtX_DEWZySHlye6Z2MJ_raREnS4zIpa9eEeY0RwteA

SpaceX Launch Crew Dragon Watch Party

Online event

Description: "A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. "NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket at 3:32 p.m. CDT May 30, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission. The specific duration of the mission is to be determined. "As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit." Sign up at the NASA site for additional info and virtual tours: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/virtual-guest/ NASA Live: Official Stream of NASA TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X5lGlDOfg&feature=emb_logo Space Center Houston blog: https://spacecenter.org/may-27-launch-watch-party-guide/ SpaceX Dragon page: https://www.spacex.com/dragon NASA's Crew Dragon page: https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/tag/crew-dragon/

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