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Science Café

Join us this winter to enjoy Raising Cane’s and hear from scientists and local community members. Science Café at Morrill Hall is a casual, educational, and entertaining monthly series for adults (21+) exploring a variety of science and natural history topics.

Museum Member, UNL Student/Faculty/Staff (ID required): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Ticket includes:  One (1) drink ticket, three (3) Raising Cane’s chicken fingers, toast and Cane’s Sauce
(Vegetarian meal option available.)
Ticket sales end 10:00am day of program.
Must be age 21+ to attend. Cash bar available. Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, January 19 | 6:30-8:00pm
Talk Topic: Pitch Perfect: The Relationship Between Music & Math
with Barbara Zach, Executive Director, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
Ticket sales have ended.
Many people assume that math and music use the exact opposite skill set and the exact opposite "side" of the brain. In fact, the study of mathematics and the study of music share many similarities, and each requires the brain to translate a "foreign language" of symbols on a page into discernible patterns and harmonies. Elegant and beautiful in their own ways, each discipline could be described as an intellectual pursuit which has aesthetic elements. Join us to explore some of the surprising connections between these two fields of study.

Thursday, February 16 | 6:30-8:00pm
Talk Topic: Physics of Ice Skating
with Andrew Vikartofsky and Karl Ahrendsen.
*This event will be held at Boiler Brewing Company, 129 N. 10th St. #8

Death spirals, fast twirls, and high flying jumps are just some of the moves figure skaters regularly perform on slippery ice.  Come think like a physicist and learn the science behind the sport of ice skating.  Go for a spin with our hands-on demonstration of rotational physics, and then walk down to the Railyard to participate in ice rink skating and put your new knowledge to the test.
Thursday, March 16 | 6:30-8:00pm
Talk Topic: From Nebraska to the Galapagos - New Discoveries by UNSM Researchers
with Museum curators Dr. Robert Zink and Dr. Scott Gardner

Meet curators Dr. Robert Zink and Dr. Scott Gardner. Discussion on new discoveries in the Galapagos will be led by Museum Curator Judy Diamond, former board member of the Charles Darwin Foundation.
Thursday, April 20 | 6:30-8:00pm
Talk Topic: Could the People of the Great Plains Have Distinctive Character Traits?
with John Hibbing, Political Science Professor, UNL
*This event will be held at the Happy Raven, 122 N 11th St.

Is it possible that just be residing in the Great Plains, we have our own set of deep and distinct identities, values, philosophies, creeds, and personalities? UNL Political Science Professor John Hibbing explores how we might answer these questions and what it says about the Great Plains as a region. Hibbing studies how biological variations change the way people respond to politics and the environment.
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