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201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

think + drink (science)

think + drink (science)

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.

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).

Programs and Online Tickets:

  • Sept. 12: The Art & Science of Animal Training
    Matt Edmonds grew up in Kansas but fell in love with Florida as a child while visiting his grandparents on Clearwater Beach. The warm weather, ocean, and exotic animals fueled his infatuation. An opportunity at Lowry Park Zoo brought Matt to Florida full time. He has been a professional animal trainer since 1994 and has trained a wide variety of animals, from parrots, hawks, eagles and falcons to rats, squirrels, servals, porcupines, rhino, elephants and more! Learn how his passion for nature and understanding of the behavior of animals of all shapes and sizes helps to educate and inspire others.
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  • October 10: Stellar Science From TESS: Oscillations, Rotation, and Activity
    Dr. Derek Buzasi’s research interests include almost anything having to do with stars, including various aspects of stellar (and solar) activity, such as spots, flares, and winds, and he has done both observations and theoretical work. He has published more than 140 papers and has also worked on a variety of major instrument teams. He is currently a member of the core science team supporting asteroseismology with NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite). Since 2012, he has been the Whitaker Eminent Scholar at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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  • November 14: Making the Most of Viewing the Night Sky: Choosing and Using Telescopes
    Have you wanted a telescope but felt intimidated by learning to operate it? Ed McDonough is a Regional Sales Manager for Celestron, a leading manufacturer and distributor of telescopes from beginner level to research grade. Ed is also an active hobbyist well-versed in the use and operation of many types of telescopes. Ed’s mission is to make sure that no telescope languishes in a garage due to its owner’s confusion!
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  • December 12: Reinventing the Museum
    The South Florida Museum is at the forefront of change as museums across the world redefine their role in the 21st century. From the design of exhibits, to the use of technology, to an ever-expanding suite of community engagements, your local museum is helping to reshape what it means to be a museum. Join Jeff Rodgers, Provost and Chief Operating Officer of the South Florida Museum for a look at the past, present and future of our very own treasure.
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