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The Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs hosts a guest lecture series called the Lunchtime Discovery Series. Professionals from a wide range of environmental backgrounds come and give presentations about their work and offer an opportunity for attendees to learn about a variety of subjects during the lunch hour. Topics range from spider diversity in North Carolina to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to how to incorporate music in environmental education programming. 

The are several taped presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics that can be used in the classroom to supplement existng lessons on ecosystems, natural resources, and North Carolina history.

Learn about the Lunchtime Discovey Series

The Milky Way - Our Home Galaxy

The Milky Way - Our Home Galaxy

The Milky Way - Our Home Galaxy
August 8, 2018, SECU Daily Planet Theater, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt briefly discusses the history of how we "discovered" the Milky Way and our place in it. He explores our galaxy's structure, supermassive black hole, dark matter halo, origin, and eventual fate.

 

A Garden for Life, Patrick McMillan, South Carolina Botanical Garden

A Garden for Life, Patrick McMillan, South Carolina Botanical Garden

A Garden for Life, Patrick McMillan, South Carolina Botanical Gardengreen poster for A Garden of Life
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center, July 31, 2018

As director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Emmy-Award-winning television host and naturalist Patrick McMillan sees the role of public garden as a place to encourage people to maintain their own beautiful spaces in a sustainable way. Patrick shares how the modern garden is being transformed into habitats for pollinators and wildlife, and provides lessons on increasing the diversity of life in your own garden.

Environmental Justice - Dismantling Inequity and Enabling Sustainability Where We Live, Work and Play

Environmental Justice - Dismantling Inequity and Enabling Sustainability Where We Live, Work and Play

Environmental Justice - Dismantling Inequity and Enabling Sustainability Where We Live, Work and Play

Bethany B. Cutts, North Carolina State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center
Wednesday, July 25, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
 
How can environmental education become a tool forenvironmental justice? Dr. Bethany Cutts from NC State University leads an interactive seminar in which participants (1) examine the many ways thatenvironmental injustices have been created in the US, (2) get a whirlwind introduction to social movement and policy responses to environmental justice that have emerged over the last thirty years, and (3) think about how to implement models of environmental education well-suited to reducingenvironmental disparities affecting the health and well-being of many minority and low-income communities.
 
Hop, Slither and Crawl into Action! The Role of Citizen Science in Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians

Hop, Slither and Crawl into Action! The Role of Citizen Science in Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians

Hop, Slither and Crawl into Action! The Role of Citizen Science in Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians
July 18, 2018. SECU Daily Planet Theater
Jeff Hall, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Biologist, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Citizen science projects have taken the opportunity to capitalize on the popularity of social media and have become important tools for collecting species data. Although citizen science is more common within the birding community with projects such as the Christmas Bird Count and e-Bird, fewer projects have focused on amphibians and reptiles. Recently, however, there has been an increase in herp-related citizen science projects, such as HerpMapper, iNaturalist, and the Terrapin Tally. Join us Wednesday at noon as we discuss these projects and explore the data obtained through them. We will also examine the value of some longer-running citizen science projects such as the Carolina Herp Atlas and the North Carolina Calling Amphibian Survey Program.

Sea Turtles Dig the Dark - The Use of Drones to Monitor Light Pollution on NC Beaches

Sea Turtles Dig the Dark - The Use of Drones to Monitor Light Pollution on NC Beaches

Sea Turtles Dig the Dark - The Use of Drones to Monitor Light Pollution on NC Beaches

Anna Windle, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Resources’ Nature Research Center

Anna Windle explains what her research has discovered about light pollution and the nesting behavior of sea turtles! Artificial nighttime light has detrimental impacts on nesting sea turtles and sea turtle hatchlings. Nesting sea turtles appear to avoid brightly lit beaches and can turn back to sea prematurely when exposed to artificial light. Sea turtle hatchlings often travel towards bright artificial lights instead of reaching the ocean. Light pollution has been quantified using a variety of methods; however, it has proven challenging to make accurate measurements of ambient light at fine scales and on smaller nesting beaches. Using an autonomous terrestrial rover, high-resolution light measurements were collected from a sea turtle’s perspective and analysis showed significantly different nesting densities in different areas of the beaches from varying light levels.

Afrofuturism, Black Panther and Environmental Science

Afrofuturism, Black Panther and Environmental Science

Afrofuturism, Black Panther and Environmental Science

The movement and aesthetic of Afrofuturism has been defined by many and operates around science-fictional identity and visioning. We will journey into some of its realms in music, film, literature, visual art and environmental science. Starting with film and the now popular cinematic "Black Panther," this informative lecture will leave you in awe. Darrell Stover, North Carolina State University.

North Carolina's Estuarine Sharks: Habitat and Movement Ecology of Top Predators in the Sounds

North Carolina's Estuarine Sharks: Habitat and Movement Ecology of Top Predators in the Sounds

North Carolina's Estuarine Sharks: Habitat and Movement Ecology of Top Predators in the Sounds
Lunchtime Discovery Series, March 21, 2018

Sharks are often thought of as creatures of the open ocean or the coast, but many species regularly visit or spend a large portion of their lives in estuaries. Hosting the second-largest estuarine ecosystem in the continental United States, North Carolina provides ample habitat for a variety of shark species. However, dependence on estuarine habitats also puts sharks in close proximity to humans. Dr. Charles Bangley introduces us to the shark community of North Carolina’s sounds and shows how scientific surveys and tagging technology might help us coexist with these important predators.

NC Aquariums: Collective Action for Sea Turtle Conservation

NC Aquariums: Collective Action for Sea Turtle Conservation

NC Aquariums: Collective Action for Sea Turtle Conservation
Lunchtime Discovery Series, March 14, 2018

The North Carolina Aquariums, with support from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have a long history of sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation, release and conservation education. Hap Fatzinger, Director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores highlights how sea turtles are being saved from extinction through collaborations with their conservation partners.

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, Dr. Matthew Booker, NCSU

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, Dr. Matthew Booker, NCSU

The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Oyster, Dr. Matthew Booker, NCSU
Lunchtime Discovery Series, January 24, 2018

Dr. Matthew Booker uses the intertwined histories of humans and shellfish to explore changes in American eating habits, urbanization, and a shift towards industrial agriculture that’s been going on since the mid-19th century. Most people encountered modern life through their food and drink, both of which became the focus of consumer fear and governmental regulation. This talk will use a forgotten urban staple, oysters, to explore the risks of industrialization and the profound consequences of environmental protections in the early twentieth century.

Following Sharks, Chris Fischer, OCEARCH

Following Sharks, Chris Fischer, OCEARCH

Following Sharks, Chris Fischer, OCEARCH
NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Science Cafe, January 26, 2017

What kind of sharks live along the North Carolina coast?  Where and when do these sharks travel near our state? Join us to learn about the research being conducted by OCEARCH, an organization generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks.  Our speaker will introduce us to the Global Shark Tracker, which allows the public to track and learn about sharks in near real time for free. This science cafe is brought to us through a partnership with the Department of Environmental Quality and the NC Aquariums.

Meanders Through Time - Rivers in Art and History

Meanders Through Time - Rivers in Art and History

Meanders Through Time - Rivers in Art and History
Steve Bevington, Division of Land and Water Stewardship, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Amazon River? The Deep? The Eno or the Colorado or the Yangtze? Perhaps the Yukon, Limpopo or the Seine? Which rivers have wound their way into your heart? Steve Bevington will explore rivers as they meander out of ancient hills through our shared experiences and into the sea.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Videos

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Videos

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has a wealth of videos of their Science Cafes, LIVE feeds, and special events can be used to enhance your curriculum. These are archived on their Facebook page.