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Saturday Morning Science is free and open to
the public. No science background is required.
All ages are welcome.

coffee and bagelsBagels, donuts, coffee, and juice are served before the talks, so come early. Talks start at 10:30 a.m. Doors open and refreshments are available about a half-hour beforehand.
Seating is limited to 250.

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Fall 2014

Talks take place on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center, Corner of Rollins Road and College Avenue.

Download our Fall 2014 brochure here.

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September 6
Your Brain, Spiritual Experiences, and Morality
Brick Johnstone

This presentation will demonstrate how different parts of the brain and different neuropsychologial processes (i.e., self-focus, other-focus) interact to create spiritual experiences and empathetic behaviors.


September 13
How Clean is Clean: Challenges of Producing Good Drinking Water
Enos Inniss

Just because it looks clean doesn't mean it is. Learn about the efforts and challenges of Missouri communities to deliver "high quality H2O."


September 20
The Eclipse of a Generation
Angela Speck

A total solar eclipse is coming to the US in 2017. Come learn about eclipses and why EVERYONE should be excited about this coming celestial treat.


September 27
MRSA: When an Opportunist Makes its Own Opportunity
Jeffrey Bose

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a global public health problem. In a world where antibiotics are failing us, is there a chance to stop it?


October 4
A Peek Inside Magnetic Material: Nanotechnology at Play
Deepak Singh

Nanotechnology has become an integral part of our everyday living. In this talk, I will give you a nano-peek inside magnetic material of practical importance.


October 11
The Mysteries of How Science Gets Done
Steve Alexander

Who are the scientists? How are they trained and how is research funded? We will discuss the reality of how scientific advancement occurs.


October 18
Confessions of a Genome Sequencing Addict
Jerry Taylor

"Next-generation sequencing" is revolutionizing the rate at which genomic data are being collected, and data generation is becoming addictive. Here we discuss the process of making biological insights from vast amounts of biological data.


November 1
Regulating from Here to Eternity: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
Kathleen Trauth

How can we comply with regulations for the disposal of radioactive materials when future conditions and activities are uncertain? Come and find out.


November 8
What's Beneath the Sand? Excavating the Fortress at Ayn Gharandal, Jordan
Carrie Duncan

What was life like as a Roman soldier on the Empire's eastern edge? Excavations at Gharandal uncover exciting and surprising finds beneath the sand.


November 15
More than a Gut Feeling: Microbes and Your Mind
Catherine Hagan

Trillions of microbes inhabit our bodies and they are not just neutral passengers. Learn how bacteria in your gut may affect your brain, mood, and behavior.


December 6
The Secret Lives of Membrane Proteins
Jason Cooley

How do molecular machines function in greasy membrane environments? Come learn why the challenges of this environment can facilitate Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

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Saturday Morning Science is run by volunteers with financial donations from

MU Office of ResearchChristopher S. Bond Life Sciences CenterThe Mizzou StoreMonsanto