Science

2021 Aug 09

Virtual Summer Science Week: Awesome Archaeology!

Repeats every day until Fri Aug 13 2021 .
9:30am to 10:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

For children entering grades 4–6

Fees: $63 members/$70 nonmembers

Instructor: Andy Majewski

Hear from people from 4000 years ago by looking at the objects they left behind. Meet the ancient Egyptians, Maya, Mesopotamians, and others through live, small-group Zoom sessions, and explore how objects in the museums tell their stories. Together, we’ll try some archaeology activities, use 3D models and augmented reality, and discover hidden objects within the exhibits of...

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2021 Aug 02

Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders (Session 2)

Repeats every day until Fri Aug 06 2021 .
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: August 2–6

Children entering grades 1–4

  • Grades 1–2 meet 9:30–10:30 am
  • Grades 3–4 meet 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Fees: $63 members/$70 nonmembers

Instructor: Javier Marin

Come explore—virtually—the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates at the museum! During live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant...

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2021 Jul 29

Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers (Session 2)

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 30 2021 .
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: July 26–30, 2021

Children entering grades 1-4

  • Grades 1-2 meet 9:30am–10:30am
  • Grades 3-4 meet 11:00am–12:00pm

Fees: $72 members/$80 nonmembers (includes a small packet of special materials mailed to your home).

Instructor: Arielle Moon

Dig into earth science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live, small-group Zoom sessions, experiment with “lava,” solve a sandy mystery, and...

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2021 Jul 19

Summer Science Week: All Together Now—Exploring Ecology

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 23 2021 .
9:30am

9:30am
9:30am
9:30am
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: July 19–23

For children entering grades 3-6

  • Grades 3-4 meet 9:30am–10:30am
  • Grades 5-6 meet 11:00am–12:00 pm

Fees: $63 members/$70 nonmembers

Instructor: Javier Marin

Join us as we explore the relationships between living things and the places they live, virtually! During these live, small-group Zoom sessions, learn about how animals, plants and their environments are...

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2021 Jul 12

Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers (Session 1)

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 16 2021 .
9:30am

9:30am
9:30am
9:30am
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: July 12–16

Children entering grades 1-4

  • Grades 1-2 meet 9:30am–10:30am
  • Grades 3-4 meet 11:00am–12:00pm

Fees: $72 members/$80 nonmembers (includes a small packet of special materials mailed to your home).

Instructor: Arielle Moon

Dig into earth science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live, small-group Zoom sessions, experiment with “lava...

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2021 Jun 10

How We Incarcerate Young People: A Conversation about Policy and Neuroscience

4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

Across the United States, children under the age of 18 can be tried as adults in criminal court. Although the practice is condemned by international law, we are the only country in the world that sentences young people to life in prison without the possibility of parole. At the same time, recent developments in neuroscience research demonstrate that the human brain is not fully developed until after the age of 25.

This program will consider the ways we punish young people in the American criminal legal system and how our policies could be reformed. We will bring together a...

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2021 Jun 28

Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders (Session 1)

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 02 2021 .
9:30am

9:30am
9:30am
9:30am
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Come explore—virtually—the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates at the museum! During live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Learn how to continue your own investigations at home by collecting and studying creepy crawlies. Gain a new appreciation of the 97 percent of all animals on Earth that survive and thrive without a backbone!

Dates: June 28–July 2, 2021
Open to children entering grades 1–4:

  • Grades 1–2 meet 9:...
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2021 May 17

My Octopus Teacher: Virtual Panel Discussion

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard—Online

"My Octopus Teacher", Oscar winner for Best Documentary, follows filmmaker and naturalist Craig Foster as he develops an unusual bond with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest. Come hear four experts discuss the unique human/animal connection captured in this film.

Learn more about and RSVP for My Octopus Teacher: Virtual Panel Discussion.

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2021 May 20

Wild Collection and Propagation of Rare and Endangered Plants

10:30am

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

In Massachusetts alone, plants make up more than half of the total native species that are officially considered Endangered, Threatened, and Rare. In this talk, we will focus on how ex-situ plant conservation, coordinated plant collection efforts, and plant propagation play vital roles in preserving biodiversity and slowing the deleterious effects of climate change.

We will discuss how collection trips are planned—and how citizen science now plays a role in these efforts—while providing a behind-the-scenes look at the planning process. A large focus will be plant propagation...

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2021 Apr 20

Virtual Exhibit: Women of the Museum, 1860–1920: Behind-the-Scenes at the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Tue Apr 20 (All day) to Fri Dec 31 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

For the first time in the museum’s history, women who labored in the collections, offices, and labs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology in the late 19th century are being revealed in a unique online exhibit from the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. The exhibit is curated by Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies and a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University.

Women like Elizabeth Hodges Clark, Elizabeth Bangs Bryant, and Elvira Wood persevered diligently behind-the-scenes, gaining unparalleled expertise in what were previously thought to be men’...

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2021 May 20

Observatory Night: All That Glitters is Gold

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian—Online

The cosmic origin of gold has fascinated humans for millennia. In this talk, Professor of Astronomy Edo Berger will explore the long-standing question of how gold (and other rare elements) are created in the universe, showing that this process is intimately connected to the collision of neutron stars (the remnants of powerful supernova explosions)—and the production of gravitational waves.

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian sponsors Observatory Nights on the third Thursday of select months. Observatory Nights feature a nontechnical lecture intended for...

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2021 May 11

Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the United States and the World

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

As efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines intensify throughout the United States and across the globe, how can we ensure that equity and access are prioritized? This panel seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of equitable public health strategies around COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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2021 May 19

After-School Animal Encounters: Movement

3:00pm to 3:45pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Can you slither, hop, jump, climb, or even fly? How would you do these things with zero, two, four, or even a hundred legs? As winter melts away and warmer springtime weather blows in, all animals big and small are as excited to get out and move around as we are! Join human museum staffers Javier and Ryan in this live 45-minute family program as they discuss and take a look at some of our amazing animals in motion.

Advance registration for this family friendly program is required.

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2021 May 11

Glass Flowers Tours – The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

6:00pm to 7:10pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Join us for a virtual tour of the famous Glass Flowers! This docent-led tour will delve into the history, artistry, and significance of the collection and give participants the opportunity to explore the gallery online. These interactive tours are approximately one-hour in length, and offer time for Q&A with your tour guide.

Cost: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

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