At Science Café Evanston – 

The Deep Water Gulf Oil Spill: lessons learned

Professor Neal Blair, Depts of Civil/Environmental Engineering and Earth And Planetary Sciences 

Deep water oil recovery is a relatively recent engineering innovation spurred on by the need to develop new energy resources. Few people had thought about the drilling for oil that occurs in the Gulf of Mexico until April 20th.  As this past spring’s oil spill sadly demonstrated, there is still much to learn about production, especially at this depth. 

Are we prepared for the new challenges encountered during off-shore operations? What will be the long-term impacts of deep water oil releases on our environment? 

PLACE:  The Firehouse Grill,  750 Chicago Ave., Evanston

DATE:     Wednesday, November 17

TIME:      6:30—8:00 pm 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At Jr. Science Café –Friday 

CSI: Ekaterinburg (1918) How molecular biology, genetics and

detective work came together for the final chapter of the Romanov Dynasty

Professor Rick Gaber, Dept. of Molecular Biology 

In 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his Romanov family were executed by the Bolsheviks.  The location and identity of their bodies has been a mystery for many decades.  We will reveal how clever detective work and DNA finger print analysis allowed their discovery and identification. 

Open to all students grades 6—12, their parents, grandparents, and teachers. 

Free admission! 

PLACE:  The Loft, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston

DATE:     November 19, 2010

TIME:      4:30 —5:30 PM 


At Jr. Science Café –Saturday 

Plant Fossils and Climate Change

Professor Patrick Herendeen, Dept of Biological Sciences and the Chicago Botanic Garden   

At the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Conservation Science Center, Professor Patrick Herendeen studies plant evolution and North American vegetation that once lived millions of years ago in carboniferous coal swamp forests from central Illinois and cretaceous woodlands from the Atlantic Coastal Plain. 

How does one keep today’s native plants alive when they daily battle climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, and pollution? 

What will studying the story of plants on the Earth millions of years ago contribute to understanding living plants and solving today’s urgent environmental problems?

Prof. Herendeen will show us fossils and explain how they are studied. 

Open to all students grades 6—12, their parents, grandparents, and teachers. 

Free admission! 

PLACE:  Boocoo,  1823 Church St., Evanston

DATE:     November 20, 2010

TIME:      11—12:30 PM