Science Sundays - New for 2019

Science Sundays – New for 2019

The Sunday Science Series is a monthly, family friendly investigation into science topics.  Most programs are appropriate for ages 8-88.  However, our first topic, Global Warming, is best suited for ages 12 and above.

Adelie on ice by shore by Dyan deNapoli webready
Global Warming – A Problem for Penguins
with Dyan deNapoli
Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2pm

Penguins are an indicator species - the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine’ - and their declining populations are alerting us to the health of the environment they live in. It is now unmistakably clear to scientists that penguins are being negatively impacted by climate change – from disrupting their breeding, to displacing the food that they eat, and more.  In fact, it is the top threat to penguins today.  In this eye-opening presentation, best suited for adults and older students (most appropriate for ages 12 and above), the various ways in which global warming is affecting all 18 penguin species will be discussed. Action steps that individuals can take to help penguins and the environment will also be part of the conversation. 

 This program will be presented by Dyan deNapoli (AKA The Penguin Lady), who is a penguin expert, TED and National Geographic Speaker, and award-winning author of The Great Penguin Rescue.

with Dr. Marta Gaglia
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2pm

 Dr. Gaglia will talk about how the influenza A virus operates, how our body fights it off, and the challenges and advances in treating this and other viral infections, including the influenza vaccination.  This presentation is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

 Marta Gaglia is an assistant professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology atTufts University School of Medicine.  Her research focuses on two human pathogens, influenza A virus and a tumor-causing herpesvirus called Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus.

Challenger: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe
A living history performance by Judith Kaloara
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2pm

Journey through Christa McAuliffe’s life as we honor the United States’ Teacher in Space Program and the crew of the NASA space shuttle.  Discover the true story behind the incredible teacher, the American pioneer, and internationally recognized heroine.

 Judith Kaloara is a professional actress, historical interpreter, and educator.

Science Sundays are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Burlington Public Library and the Mass Cultural Council.                                                              

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Burlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.          MCC_Logo_RGB_NoTag