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World of Science Lectures

The first Friday of the month at 7pm, the Planetarium becomes a forum for a local scientist to discuss his or her specialties. All audiences are welcome! Past topics have included severe weather, glaciers, the Hubble Telescope, tornadoes, insects, and wildflowers. Admission is only $1 at the door.   Teachers, group leaders, invite your classes!

October 4, 2013
Something Quantum This Way Comes: The Quantum Information Revolution
UIUC physics professor, Dr. Paul Kwiat, shines light on ultra-fast computers by investigating how quantum randomness, superposition and entanglement are used to revolutionize how information is processed.

November 1, 2013
Drought in Illinois: The New Normal?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 54% of the corn production in our country exists in drought conditions. Is this the norm now? WCIA’s own Derick Fabert will clue us in on this important weather event that affects all of Illinois. 

December 6, 2013
From Out of No Where . . . .Comets!"
What are comets and why should we care about them?  Popular astronomer Jim Kaler returns to the dome to describe the world of comets and the appearance of Comet ISON. 

February 7, 2014        
The Sustainable Student Farm: Learn, Grow Food, Eat It!
What does it take to have a sustainable farm?  Is this the wave of the future?  Find out from Zack Grant, the managing director of the Sustainable Student Farm at the university as he discusses cover cropping rotations, compost utilization and organic farming techniques.

March 7, 2014        
Confessions of a Storm Chaser
It is that time of the year when severe weather takes aim at our section of the country. Storm chaser Andrew Pritchard will “take us on the road” as we hunt down ferocious storms in Central Illinois. 

April 4, 2014
Your Health: Myths & Misconceptions
Trying to trim down a little bit? Parkland professor Toni Burkhalter will examine some of the myths surrounding nutrition and exercise physiology.