think + drink / science
On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform the Bishop Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink / science, a place where you can grab a beer or 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: Eligible 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:
July 10: To the Moon and Back – The Legacy of Apollo 11
Gary Dahlke, an eighteen-year veteran of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, has worked in the aerospace industry and has received awards for his work on the Titan IV rocket program and the Space Shuttle’s solid rocket boosters. He’s authored technical papers and textbooks and in 2015 won the prestigious “NASA Inspire” award for his work sharing the story of space exploration with student and community groups throughout the southeastern United States.
Aug. 14: The Secret Lives of Black Skimmers: How Research is Helping us to Understand this Rare and Unusual Seabird
For the past 23 years, Dr. Elizabeth Forys has been a Biology and Environmental Science professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg interested in the conservation and recovery of any rare or declining species that need help. Her current research focuses on protection of beach nesting birds using new technologies and creative partnerships. Forys holds a BA and MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida.
Sept. 11 Our Native Longleaf Pine
As a Forester, Arborist and Wildland Firefighter, Clint Wardlow of Florida Forest Service works with private landowners, communities and cities to provide practical forest management assistance and techniques, as well as urban forest health and planning. He’s been deployed to fight fires in Colorado and Wyoming, undertake prescribed burning operations in South Florida and Oklahoma, and performed timber-marking and inventory in the pine flatwoods of South Florida, the oak-hickory forests and cross-timbers of eastern Oklahoma and the Cascade Range in southern Oregon. He holds a BS in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University.