Videos and Livestreams - Lunchtime Lecture Series Archive 2020

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 existing lessons on ecosystems, natural resources, and North Carolina history.

You can sign up for weekly email notifications about upcoming lectures! Contact an office staff member if you have trouble subscribing. 

Poster for lunchtime discovery series dates from nov2020 to jan2020

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John Henry Harrelson, District 4 Wildlife Biologist, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
 

The recovery of the wild turkey has been touted as one of North Carolina’s greatest wildlife success stories. But it was a long road to get the state’s wild turkey population back to its current level from a low of 2,000 birds in 1970. Join North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission District Four biologist John Henry Harrelson to learn more about the habits and habitats of this popular bird as well as the innovative management efforts that led to its rebound.

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, November 18 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK 
 

photo of John Henry Harrelson holding a turkey

 

 

Diquan Edmonds, Triangle Land Conservancy

Outdoor experiences should be provided with equitable access for all. However, we often see disparities in activities and programs participated in by people of color. Diquan will examine the history of and barriers to outdoor experiences for African Americans and discuss ways the "great outdoors" is different for all members of our communities. He will also provide suggestions on how to make the outdoors more equitable.

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Today @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK
Join us on YouTube!

photos of our speaker Diquan Edmonds in mountains and in a kayak

Join John Gerwin, the Museum’s Research Curator of Ornithology, as he talks animal migration and how technology is unlocking some of its mysteries. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and a variety of animals on the move. Butterflies, bats and birds are some of the many animals that take a short, medium or long-range trip. John will discuss various ways animals migrate, and some of the technologies used to study the phenomenon. He will showcase data from projects with which he is involved.

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Today @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK

photo of a Golden-Winged Warbler

 

Join Jessie Rassau and previous showcase panelists to learn more about the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities hosted by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. This year's showcase will be an entirely virtual experience that will feature remarks from the keynote speaker and the opportunity for students to connect with role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM. Panelists will share how their lived experiences and diverse perspectives shaped their unique approaches to navigating and pushing boundaries in their fields. The 8th Annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 1:00PM until 3:00PM (EST).

Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility, SAS
Tia Holmes, Software Engineer at Microsoft
Jessie Rassau, Coordinator of Accessibility and Inclusion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Jessica Andreasen, Head of Volunteer and Intern Programs at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Today @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK:

photo of Ed Summers of SAS Institute talking at the podium during the STEM Showcase

The Virginia Opossum is North America's only marsupial. Learn about the awesome opossum and the amazing adaptations that make it one of our most interesting mammals.
You’ll also witness some of their secretive behaviors through the lens of a trail camera.

Jerry Reynolds, Head of Outreach, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, October 21 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK

photo of a opossum in a tree by Mike Dunn

The greatest crisis in the history of life on Earth occurred around 252 million years ago, at the boundary between the Permian and Triassic periods. This talk will discuss new research on the underlying mechanisms and effects of the End-Permian Mass Extinction, its importance in shaping subsequent animal history, and its implications for our current environmental prospects.

Christian Kammerer, Research Curator, Paleontology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff

Wednesday, October 14 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK

photo of skull and poster for national fossil day

Dr. Anne A. Madden--Scientist, TED Speaker, and President of The Microbe Institute
Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, October 7 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK: Join on YouTube!

photo of Anne Madden on the Ted talk stage

Jason Whitman, Exhibit Designer, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, September 23 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK:
https://youtu.be/zjchAF2pXeY

photos of exhibits that Jason Whitman has worked on

Perry Hurt, Art Conservator, North Carolina Museum of Art

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Today @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

WATCH THIS TALK
https://youtu.be/iLMuix8pMYU

photos for the bugs in art talk

Amy Stidham, Therapeutic Horticulture Program Manager, Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff

Wednesday, September 2 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT
WATCH THIS TALK: https://youtu.be/h-uCLH38s3w 
You can post questions in the livestream comments and you can also tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE

Join us to learn how the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is helping the local community through its Urban Agriculture Resilience Program. The current pandemic has created an opportunity for the botanical garden to take an overgrown vegetable garden and turn it into a productive community garden. By blending techniques of their existing therapeutic horticulture program with the resilience program, the garden is now able to provide food to the community along with educational and health benefits for all ages and abilities.

group of three images of different garden views

Dr. David Bond, Head of Geology, Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull, Hull England

WATCH THIS TALK: https://youtu.be/uJYehXbrg7k
 

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and
the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff

Wednesday, August 26 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

You can post questions in the livestream comments and you can also tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE

Photo of Dr. Bond out in the field with mountains and water around him

Ian Grace, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Aurora Myers, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant and Leslie Smith, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, NC State University

WATCH THIS TALK: https://youtu.be/UrgbJxMeouI  

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, August 19 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join us on August 19 as three NC State students share their personal experiences with conducting deep-sea biological research at sea. Learn how they live and work aboard a research ship and what it’s like to dive thousands of feet to the seafloor. Find out what scientific discoveries are motivating them to study such a remote, unique ecosystem and the challenges they face in doing so.

Three photos: First photo of deep sea submersible, Alvin, the second photo of the sea floor and third photo of the ship the Atlantis

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

WATCH THIS TALK:https://youtu.be/SD9jNcN5-cc

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, August 12 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT
 

Spiral Graph is an online citizen science project dedicated to determining the winding of spiral arms in galaxies. The degree of arm winding has been linked to other parameters that are more time consuming and difficult to measure, such as the mass of the black hole found in a galaxy's nucleus. It is currently not clear how a galaxy's central black hole can grow to be millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun. The results of Spiral Graph may shed some light on this along with other aspects of galaxy evolution. Data collection on the first sample of 6222 galaxies was completed in July, 2020. The second phase of data collection is now underway on 14027 separate galaxies with the help of over 2700 registered volunteers.

image of a spiral galaxy with tracing lines

You can post questions in the livestream comments and you can also tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE

Tatiana Height, Doctoral Candidate in Agricultural and Extension Education at North Carolina State University

Watch this Talk https://youtu.be/hnqh_2R8eX4

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Daily Planet Curator, Chris Smith, and
the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff
Wednesday, August 5 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

You can post questions in the livestream comments and you can also tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE

Traditionally, environmental injustice has been thought of as pollution and inequitable distribution of environmental burdens in marginalized communities. However, in recent years, the environmental justice movement has incorporated a number of "spin-offs" related to land use and environment in marginalized communities. This session will describe the presenter's research and experience related to one of those spin-offs; namely, parks and greenspace inequity.

photo of Tatiana Height, photo of park with overgrown weeds, photo of park sign surrounded by trash

Bronwyn Williams, Research Curator, Non-Molluscan Invertebrates, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, March 11 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

What is your knee-jerk reaction to the mention of leeches? Yes, we thought so, but urge you to give it a second thought. Join Bronwyn Williams, Research Curator of Non-molluscan Invertebrates at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, to learn about these much maligned, yet fascinating and important organisms from a social and scientific perspective. Be prepared to dance…the leech dance! 

Watch the Livestream Part 1 and Part 2

photo of Bronwyn out in the field looking for leeches, close up of a leech in the palm of a hand and a head shot of Brownwyn

Transplanting Traditions – Connecting Cultures through Farming and Food

Kelly Owensby, Founder and Executive Director, Transplanting Traditions
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, March 4 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Kelly Owensby, founder and executive director of Transplanting Traditions will discuss how a non-profit teaching farm in the heart of Chapel Hill is
supporting women farmers and small farm owners from Burma. Learn how this model creates community, income and preserves culture through the lens of farming and food. 

Watch the Livestream

Photo of women farmers from Burma, head shot of Kelly, photo of female farmer working and close up of flower

Melody Hunter-Pillion, Ph.D. Student, Public History, Department of History, NC State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 26 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Melody Hunter-Pillion uses the oral histories of North Carolina’s African American farmers and fisherman to tell the story of how these families have shaped North Carolina and how they are dealing with heritage depletion, land loss and climate change.

Watch the Livestream

Head shot of Melody and group photo of a family of African American family who farms in NC

Bill Kearney and Wayne Moseley
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 19 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Dollie Burwell, Bill Kearney and Wayne Moseley discuss their role as community members in the Warren County PCB Landfill protests which
are recognized as the beginning of the Environmental Justice Movement in the United States.

Watch the Livestream

photo of Bill, a photo of a road in warren county and photo of Wayne

Angela Thorpe, Director, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 12 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Angela Thorpe, director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission discusses Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, and its earlier life as the slave ship La Concorde.

Watch the Livestream 

Head shot of Angela and photo of a historic ship that could look like Queen Anne's Revenge

Lunchtime Discovery Series: The Story of Sankofa Farms

Kamal Bell, Owner, Sankofa Farms
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 5 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Kamal Bell, owner of Sankofa farms, tells us how he turned 12 acres of land in Cedar Grove, North Carolina into a place where teens can learn to grow their own food while developing important life skills. The talk will focus on the importance of learning from our past and rich history to help solve our problems of today, and how our youth represent the change that our community needs.

Watch the Livestream 

Photo of a student in front of a tractor, photo of Kamal, photo of a man holding a chicken

Wild Ideas for Williamson Preserve – 406 Acres of Forests, Trails and Farms for You!

Sandy Sweitzer, Executive Director and Deja Smith, Community Engagement Associate, Triangle Land Conservancy
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, January 29 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve is a 405-acre mosaic of fields and forests just fifteen minutes from downtown Raleigh that will open to the public on April 25th. The property will host working farmland to support our local food scene, several unique ecosystems, and hiking and mountain biking trails that will connect to the Neuse River Greenway Trail, East Coast Greenway, and Mountains to Sea Trail. Come see how TLC and our partners are working to make the Triangle a more vibrant place to live, work, play, and eat!

Watch the Livestream

Three photos of Williamson Preserve

Searching for Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Spiral Galaxies with the Help of Citizen Scientists

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Today @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

How can you help solve the mystery behind the origins of supermassive black holes? Join us Wednesday, January 22 as North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences astrophysicist
Patrick Treuthardt explains how citizens are helping with his latest research project to find black holes by identifying spiral galaxies.

Watch the Livestream 

photo of a spiral galaxy

Fort Bragg - Longleaf Pines and the Saint Francis' Satyr

Brian Ball, Wildlife Biologist, Endangered Species Branch, Directorate of Public Works, Fort Bragg

SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, January 15 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Watch the Livestream 

Fort Bragg is one of our nation’s largest and most important military installations. In addition to the thousands of troops stationed there, Fort Bragg is home to over 1,500 species of plants and animals. Over 70 species of rare plants and animals can be found on the installation. Perhaps the most unique and one of the rarest species is the Saint Francis' Satyr, a federally endangered butterfly found on Fort Bragg and nowhere else in the world.

Photo of pitcher plants at Fort Bragg, photo of one man and two women doing stream restoration, photo of Saint Francis' Satyr

Colleen Bockhahn, Assistant Park Manager, Lake Crabtree County Park

SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Owls are known as symbols of wisdom and magic. Gain some wisdom about our local owl species, and discover the magic behind their unique adaptations and natural histories. Did you know that great-horned owls prey on other owls? Which North Carolina owl species is declining in northern states? Get the answers to these questions and many more!

Watch the Livestream

photo of an owl in the cavity of a tree and two other up close owl photos