Morrill Hall's 'Sunday Scientist' focuses on fruit biology July 15
Released on 07/02/2012, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
WHEN: Sunday, Jul. 15, 2012
WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets
The University of Nebraska State Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will focus on fruit biology. The program is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 15 at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the Universithy of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.
"Fruits: Fabulous, Flying and Flavorful Food" will be presented by Stacey Smith and Sabrina Russo, assistant professors in UNL's School of Biological Sciences. The scientists will discuss why studying the biology of fruit can help us improve and conserve the crops we eat. Visitors will discover the important role fruit plays in the environment, the plant life cycle and the diets of animals and humans. Visitors will investigate how some fruits fly and why they have so many different shapes, colors and sizes. They will also learn how to tell the difference between a fruit and a vegetable.
Upcoming Sunday with a Scientist topics: Sept. 16 -- Biofuels; Oct. 21 -- Ogallala Aquifer; Nov. 18 -- Birds; Dec. 16- Platte River Time Lapse Project. (There will not be an event Aug. 19 due to UNL's Big Red Welcome back-to-school festival.)
Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations and activities, or by conducting their science on site. Sunday with a Scientist programs are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month. For updates on the Sunday with a Scientist program, visit the museum's website, www.museum.unl.edu.
The NU State Museum in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years; 4 and under are free), and $13 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty, and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. Friends of the Museum are also free with valid membership card. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone 402-472-3779, visit the website or Mueller Planetarium's website, www.spacelaser.com, or contact Kathy French, education coordinator, at 402-472-6647 or by email.
Writer: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum
News Release Contacts:
- Kathleen French, Education Coordinator, University Museum UNL