New Morrill Hall program invites participants to eat, drink, talk science

Released on 01/15/2016, at 2:01 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets

Lincoln, Neb., January 15th, 2016 —

The University of Nebraska State Museum introduces a monthly Science Cafe program for adults 21 and older. The first event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Mueller Planetarium in Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets.

Science Cafe is a casual, educational and entertaining series exploring a variety of science and natural history topics. Each month, attendees can enjoy food from Raising Cane's, see a fulldome show and hear from scientists and researchers. Attendees can ask questions and offer opinions in this informal setting.

Mueller Planetarium will present "Chasing the Ghost Particle," followed by a personal commentary by Daren Blythe, instrumentation supervisor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Blythe conducted research at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica. Having lived there several times, he will share his experiences from one of the most extreme environments on Earth.

"The great thing about Science Cafes is that anyone and everyone can get involved with their questions and opinions," said Susan Weller, museum director. "I'm looking forward to hearing visitors' comments and questions, and asking a few of my own like, 'How do you breathe without freezing your lungs when it's that cold?'"

Tickets for the Jan. 21 Science Cafe are on sale at Admission is $15 for museum members and UNL students, faculty and staff; and $20 for non-members. The ticket includes one drink ticket, three Raising Cane's chicken fingers, toast and Cane's sauce, museum admission and the planetarium presentation. Seating is limited. Participants must be 21 or older. A cash bar is available. Ticket sales end at 10 a.m. the day of the program.

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Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is the state's premier museum of natural history. The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth's past, present and future, and enhancing stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Nebraska through world-class exhibits, collections and special events.

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