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think + drink (science)

On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform the Bishop Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink (science), a place where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine (or a soft drink) and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. Typically our "expert du jour" gives a short presentation on the topic of the month, and then opens the floor for questions and discussion. Drinks and bar snacks available for purchase. Feel free to bring food.

think + drink (science) Details:

  • Cost: Museum Members - $3, Non-members - $5
  • Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
  • Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113 .
  • Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).

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Upcoming think + drink (science) programs:

think + drink (science)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:00 PM

“A Talk in the Park” with Grant Jefferies

Photographer Grant Jefferies shares his passion for photography, Florida environmental conservation and Manatee County’s natural resources. Without a concentrated effort to preserve and document our rich natural resources, these lands and the wildlife that thrive in them could disappear. We’ve seen the effects of shrinking coastal areas where birds and other creatures have moved further inland, and how important small – sometimes unknown – places like Curiosity Creek Preserve are to their survival. Preserved areas are home to wildlife, plant life and an entire ecosystem that helps keep us in balance and even thriving.

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think + drink (science)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:00 PM

"From Bioluminescence to Glow Sticks: Stories of Fluorescence in Everyday Life" with Anne-Lise Emig

Have you ever marveled at a glow stick? Wondered what's in glow-in-the-dark paint? Today we're talking about fluorescence: what is it? How does it work? What's it used for? We'll learn about the chemistry of fluorescence and we'll hear some stories of people at the forefront of research in fluorescence. Join Anne-lise Emig, a graduate of New College of Florida and a fluorescence nerd, for this interesting exploration into what makes things glow. She worked as the science associate for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Street Science. She's passionate about making science accessible to the general public, and loves learning about the chemistry behind every day phenomena.

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think + drink (science)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:00 PM

“Alligators: Making Sense of Their 6 Senses” with Master Naturalist Wayne Douchkoff

All puns intended! Seriously, If you are in awe of, amazed by and attracted to alligators, make sure you don't have a fatal attraction. Wayne will share his journey from absolute, hair standing on end, fear of alligators to a layman's understanding of alligator fact and fiction. Wayne will discuss how we think alligators use their senses to survive and thrive as a species. Viewing alligator behavior from nature's perspective is one goal of this presentation. Ensuring you are not a finalist for this year's Darwin Awards is another goal! Make no mistakes about it; alligators are dangerous but understanding their biology and behavior brings an appreciation for the beauty of these prehistoric beasts.

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, 
Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.