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Science Café

Science Café heads to The Happy Raven each month!
122 N 11th St., Lincoln, Nebraska

Free event. Food available for purchase from FlyDogz. Cash bar available for 21+.

Tuesday, August 27 | 6:30-8:00pm
Death Scene Insect Succession in Nebraska: A Forensic Study
with Erin Bauer, UNL Entomology Department, Larry Barksdale, UNL Forensics Department, Justine LaViolette, UNL Entomology Graduate student, and Emma Sidel, UNL Forensic Science Undergraduate student

Forensic Entomology is the scientific study of insects and their use in legal investigations. Forensic insect evidence is important for investigations of civil, criminal, administrative, and government national security issues. This presentation and short video will examine some of these issues, with a primary focus on how insect succession on decomposing remains can assist with criminal cases.

At a death scene, insects visit a body in a fairly predictable pattern, or succession. The UNL Forensic and Entomology Departments have conducted pig research the last two summers to observe how insect species visit the bodies of deceased pigs in different scenarios (control, hanging, in a trunk, and clothed). Knowing what insects are associated with which stage of decomposition can help law enforcement in the field determine post mortem interval and help in solving crimes. We will discuss our research, insects that are commonly seen on decomposing remains and when, and how insects help us with time, manner, and location of death, and even in suspect identity.
Tuesday, September 24 | 6:30-8:00pm
Climate Change
with Ramesh Laungani, Associate Professor of Biology at Doane University

"Climate change. It's Happening. It's Us. It's Bad (for Nebraska). The Experts Agree. THERE'S HOPE." Climate change can be captured in these few words.

In this Science Café lecture, Dr. Ramesh Laungani will unpack each of these to help the audience understand the scientific evidence for human-driven climate change, the challenges that it poses, and most importantly, the opportunities for hope in this global challenge.
Tuesday, October 22 | 6:30-8:00pm
Pawsitive Psychology: The Dog-Human Bond
with Dr. Jeffrey Stevens, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNL

For thousands of years, dogs have lived and evolved with humans. Interacting with people has shaped dog psychology and forged strong bonds between us. Come learn about how dogs think and how interacting with them influences our own psychology and well-being.
Tuesday, November 26 | 6:30-8:00pm
If Trees Could Talk
with Dr. Eric North, Associate Professor of Practice, School of Natural Resources at UNL

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