What we're about

We are a local chapter of a national network of Science Cafes created by WGBH Boston, the producers of the NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW programs for public television. We meet monthly for fun, casual discussion of various topics of real science. We invite a guest scientist to lead the Q&A portion of the meeting--you get to ask your questions, and the expert provides the answers! Children age 5-12 are welcome to attend with their parents; our Kid's Cafe meets in an adjacent room where we provide a science lesson (related to the adult disucssion) and fun, hands-on activities to help make learning science fun! Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided while they last.

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Let's Meetup to Help People Help the Land

Ijams Nature Center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) works with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners across the country to help them boost agricultural productivity and protect our natural resources through conservation. They provide financial and technical assistance on a voluntary basis for addressing concerns about soil, water, air, plants, animals, and the human factor on privately-owned land.

For the month of September, we are pleased to be able to welcome Todd Reed to speak at our Science Café meeting. He is an Area Resource Conservationist based in the USDA-NRCS Knoxville Area Office. We want our venue to be a place of meeting for local landowners who are interested in learning more and accessing the resources of the NRCS.

This meeting will take place at the Outdoor Pavilion at Ijams Nature Center on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. We will watch a short video together, and afterwards there will be a time for everyone with questions to discuss problems and potential solutions. Complimentary refreshments are provided. This meeting is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome!

Children are welcome to attend any of the Science Café meetings with their parents! For ages 5-12, we offer a Kid's Café program in a nearby area with a science lesson and activities that help make learning science fun! Kids can participate with the permission of their parents while the parents enjoy the adult-level discussion. For proper planning purposes, it is important that our children's director knows in advance how many kids will be attending and their ages.

Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920. This will be an in-person meeting held outdoors.

Let's Meetup to Discuss the Relationship Between Art and Organism

Bearden Branch Library

Art is a concept central to one of the most wholly human of our cultural endeavors, and yet one undeniably linked to, if not wholly emergent from, our basic biology. Art and aesthetic experience may be understood as part of the ensemble of behavioral traits that characterizes our species. And like other traits, their causes and consequences may be illuminated by considering the fundamental biology from which it emerges and how it contributes to the survival of individuals or groups.

For the November meeting of the STFK Science Café, we are very pleased to welcome back a returning presenter, Neil Greenberg. He is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he has spoken at our meetings before in 2012 and 2015. The topic for this meeting is “Art and Organism: The Integrative Biology of Art and Aesthetic Experience”.

This meeting will take place at the Bearden Branch Library on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. We will watch a short video together, our presenter will speak for a few minutes, and the rest of the time will be for questions and discussion. Complimentary refreshments are provided. This meeting is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome!

Children are welcome to attend any of the Science Café meetings with their parents! For ages 5-12, we offer a Kid's Café program in a nearby area with a science lesson and activities that help make learning science fun! Kids can participate with the permission of their parents while the parents enjoy the adult-level discussion. For proper planning purposes, it is important that our children's director knows in advance how many kids will be attending and their ages.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP on Meetup or by e-mail to [masked]. Adding your name to the RSVP list guarantees your seat(s) until 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time of the meeting. After that, seating is available on a first-come first-served basis. The Fire Marshall's imposed maximum attendance is 47 for this venue.

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Let's Meetup to Discuss What Happened To the Monarchs?

Ijams Nature Center

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