think + drink / science
On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform The Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink / science, a place where you can grab a beer, a glass of wine, or a soft drink and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. Typically our “expert du jour” gives a short presentation on the topic of the month, and then opens the floor for questions and discussion.
think + drink / science details:
- Cost: Members of the Discovery Society – $5, Non-members – $8
- Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
- Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
- Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).
Programs and Online Tickets:
March 11: Carnivorous Plants
Learn carnivorous plant care and history — presented by a vegetarian! Join Kenny Coogan, Education Director of the International Carnivorous Plant Society, as he shares these beautiful and bizarre plants. With over 650 species found globally, and several only found in Florida, it’s easy to find one that will grow for you.
April 8: Prehistoric Snowbirds with Rachel Kangas, Florida Public Archaeology Network
Discover the prehistory of humans in Florida, and find out just how long folks have been living seasonally in Southwest Florida. This discussion offers an overview of the entire history of humans in Southwest Florida until the Spanish arrived in the 1500s.
May 13: Impacts, Recovery, and Ongoing Stressors in the Apalachicola River, Florida, with Dr. Joann Mossa, University of Florida
The Apalachicola River has experienced impacts associated with dredging for navigation and droughts exacerbated by upstream water consumption. We review these impacts and discuss how the river is recovering following the end of dredging, facilitated by its conservation corridor.
June 10: The Fascinating Brainless Sea Jellies with Dr. Christelle Bouchard, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Sea jellies such as sea gooseberry, jellyfish and polyps have always triggered curiosity — and rightly so, because these animals with enigmatic shapes have great beauty and grace. Under the lens of the microscope, sea jellies are even more fascinating as we discover a simple nervous system — the first to appear on Earth — and possibly the very origin of our own brain.