Monday March 11, 2019
Can Archaeology Save the Planet?
Dr. Kathleen Morrison, University of Pennsylvania/Penn Museum
Archaeologists study the past, but as it turns out, sometimes we need to know about the past in order to better predict the future. Kathy Morrison describes some of her research on human-environment relationships in India, and how it led her to help establish LandCover6k, an international scientific working group that is mobilizing evidence from archaeology, history, and ancient vegetation to improve climate models. Before climate modelers predict the future, they test their models against the past. It’s important, then, that they use the best evidence we have about the past – this where archaeology enters. But archaeologists don’t study the entire planet; they usually work in one region, often on a single time period, so an entirely new approach is needed to bring these different areas of study together. LandCover6k is our answer to this challenge, a ‘big data’ project bringing together information about the past on a global scale.
Monday February 11, 2019
Rebecca Kaplan, Science History Institute
In honor of Valentine’s Day, our February Science on Tap program is bringing you a story of love straight out of the animal kingdom. We’ll be talking about horses and birth control. Or more specially, birth control for horses. That’s right. You’ll learn about how birth control is used to manage the populations of wild horses and burros on federal land. Swoon over the history of this important program’s development and fan yourself as we cover romantic topics such as environmental science, politics, and the role of scientific authority in legal proceedings. So grab your date or a group of friends and spend a dreamy evening with your neighborhood science nerds. We’ll have special valentines, a horse-themed Spotify list, and best of all: a lively lecture from historian of medicine and public health, Rebecca Kaplan.
Monday January 14, 2019
The 2014 Emergency Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone: Ambulances as Death Traps and How We Got to Zero
Dr. Hannah Lawman, Welbodi Sierra Leone
Join us at Science on Tap as Dr. Hannah Lawman shares her experiences working in Sierra Leone in the emergency Ebola epidemic. She will share how ambulances and the response teams that they carried were rejected by many communities and what The Ambulance Project did to change it and improve access to Ebola treatment.