Programs & Events

Sunday with a Scientist

Hands-on science for everyone

Meet a different scientist each month to learn about topics and careers in science. Scientists will share what they study in a fun, informal way through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and conversation.

Virtual Sunday with a Scientist is a FREE program.


April 25, 2021
Invasive Species
2:00-2:45 p.m. CST

Have you heard of the Emerald Ash Borer? How about Zebra Mussels? Sometimes species end up where they don’t belong. This can cause devastating effects on a native community of plants and animals. Invasive species are a big problem in the natural world. Allison Zach is the Program Coordinator for the Nebraska Invasive Species Program, which works to prevent the introduction, promote early detection, and reduce harm of invasive species. In this Sunday with a Scientist program, she will help us learn to identify invasive species and figure out what you can do to prevent their spread.  This interactive program will include crafts, brainstorming, and trivia.  Specific species that will be discussed include Emerald Ash Borer, Spotted Lanternfly, and Zebra Mussels just to name a few. Register here to join us over zoom or join us via Facebook Live

May 23, 2021
Through The Net - How We Detect and Correct Errors in Data
2:00-2:45 p.m. CST

We live in a world where we create and interact with data every day. We use our phones and computers to transmit data via messages, emails, and files, from one person to the next. The world is also a noisy place and errors can occur whenever data is transmitted from one device to another. We generally do not notice errors because most times they are fixed before we even see that an error has occurred. Join computer scientist Dr. Bonita Sharif from the UNL Department of Computer Science and Engineering and her graduate students, Cole Peterson and Niloofar Mansoor, in this game-driven activity where you will learn about how data is transmitted and checked for errors.
Register here to join us over zoom or join us via Facebook Live.