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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 3, 2014
“Nematodes: A Wonderful World of Worms”
Dr. Nathan Schroeder, assistant professor in crop sciences, will look at the basic biology of nematodes as well as their importance in both agriculture and medicine.

November 7, 2014
“The Winter of 2013-2014”
Remember the cold of last February? Molly Woloszyn, Extension Climatologist with the University of Illinois Extension, will take a look back at the vicious winter of this past year and what we may expect for the upcoming winter of 2014-2015.

December 5, 2014
“Asteroids: Learning from Nature’s Leftovers"
Astronomer Jim Kaler returns to the dome to explore the leftovers from the solar system’s formation and how they could affect us!

February 6, 2015
“Conquering Mt. St. Helens”
Come along with Parkland Earth Science instructor Julie Angel as she scales America’s most famous volcano!

March 6, 2015
“The Fear Factor of GMO Plants”
A quick glance at social media will turn up several references to “Genetically Modified Organisms.” But what are GMOs and are they really dangerous? Ph.D. student Lynnicia Massenburg fills us in!

April 3, 2015
“Appreciating Biodiversity Close to Home”
In an array of images taken in and around Champaign-Urbana, U of I lecturer Rob Kanter calls attention to the surprising range of animals that inhabits the human-dominated landscape of central Illinois.