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July 2020

Science Trivia Night

July 22,7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Online

Are you an astronomy aficionado, biology buff, or physics fanatic? Put your scientific knowledge to the test at the Linda Hall Library’s Science Trivia Night! Tune in on Zoom for an evening of fun and challenging questions inspired by the Library’s collections.

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How Do I Become a Forensic Scientist?

July 24,2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

Are you a high school or college student thinking about a career as a crime scene investigator or forensic scientist? Do you want to know what the real CSI is like? If so, join us for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from forensic scientist Lindsey Schissel from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab.

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Modeling the Sources and the Topics of Pliny’s Natural History

July 30,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

Pliny’s Natural History, published in Venice in 1472, is the oldest scientific book in Library’s collection. The book is a large-scale encyclopedia from the first century CE that provides a snapshot of scientific knowledge in the Roman Empire. Dr. Jeff Rydberg-Cox will discuss the nature of Pliny’s work, how other scholars and editors have tried to make this massive work more manageable, and then talk about the ways that network analysis and other quantitative approaches can help us understand the sources that Pliny used when writing his work.

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August 2020

Science Headlines: Return to Play—Sports in the Time of Coronavirus

August 4,6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online

Professional sports leagues are returning to play in the coming weeks. Several college football camps are also underway, and high school sports will likely soon follow. Join epidemiologist Dr. Zach Binney and infectious disease doctor Gretchen Snoeyenbos Newman, MD, for an exploration of the science issues surrounding return to play during the pandemic.

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A Deeper Dive: Privacy in the Digital Age

August 5,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

The Library’s Deeper Dive programs are three-part courses that take an in-depth look into important science topics. This series will focus on Internet privacy: Is there a natural right to privacy? What are we talking about when we talk about privacy? And how do new technologies lead to new challenges? We’ll examine data mining, facial recognition, the commodification of data, surveillance as a business model, and what the individual can do.  

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