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EXHIBIT MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY THEME SEMESTER SERIES:
WILD WEATHER, CHANGING CLIMATE

When the mercury dips into the teens and flurries are in the air, it’s hard to believe all the talk about global warming.  Meanwhile, survivors of Hurricane Katrina can attest to the impact of extreme weather events on our lives.  To help visitors make sense of these events and issues in the news, the Exhibit Museum will offer a museum theme semester on “Wild Weather, Changing Climate” from January through April 2007.  Thematic offerings will include a new exhibit, a multi-media weather show, lectures, science cafés, family and teacher workshops, and a Discovery Day to help visitors of all ages explore the science — and the societal impacts—of extreme weather events and climate change. 

The “Wild Weather, Changing Climate” museum theme semester is linked to the 2006-2007 LSA Theme Year on Citizenship at the University of Michigan.  As a science museum, the Exhibit Museum is dedicated to helping visitors explore current science issues that affect their lives, to help them make informed decisions in their daily lives and in the voting booth.  The Museum’s theme activities are sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Speckhard-Knight Foundation. See Exhibit Museum of Natural History Calendar of Events for additional information and to confirm locations or call (734) 764-0480.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

New Exhibit: “CLIMATE CHANGE: LOCAL IMPACTS, GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY”
through May 2007
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History

“MEET THE SCIENTISTS” exhibit opening reception
New Exhibit: “Climate Change: Local Impacts, Global Responsibility”
through May 2007
UM scientists represented in the exhibit are Natasha Andronova, Atmospheric,Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS); Mary Anne Carroll, AOSS; K.C. Lohmann, Geological Sciences; Philip Myers, Museum of Zoology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Mercedes Pascual, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Joyce Penner, AOSS; Henry Pollack and Shaopeng Huang, Geological Sciences; Richard Rood, AOSS; and Christopher Ruf, AOSS
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:00-7:00 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Rotunda Lobby

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24

SCIENCE CAFÉ: THE CLIMATE WILL CHANGE, NOW WHAT?
Perry Samson, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences University of Michigan; and Richard Rood, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:30 PM hors d’oeuvres, 6:00 -7:30 PM Program
LOCATION: Tap Room, Arbor Brewing Company, 114 East Washington St., Ann Arbor
Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.  Other beverages and food must be purchased.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31

RIGHT IN OUR OWN BACK YARD: CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND POLICY RESPONSES IN THE GREAT LAKES BASIN
George Kling, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Barry Rabe, Ford School of Public Policy and School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:30 PM Reception, 6:00-8:00 PM Lectures
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8

unDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOp
CLIMATE CHANGE:  THE SCIENCE, RESPONSES, AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Roberta Johnson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:00-8:00 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Room 2009
Pizza dinner provided.  Free, but please pre-register at (734) 764-0478.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
GLOBAL WARMING: SCIENCE AND CURRICULUM

Roberta Johnson and Jennifer Bergman, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
David Mastie, retired science educator, Ann Arbor
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 8:00 AM-2:30 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Room 4518
Lunch and parking provided.  Registration is free, but space is limited.  Call (734) 764-0478 to register.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

FAMILY WORKSHOP:  STORMY SURPRISES:  WHEN WEATHER GOES WILD!
sponsored by the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Pfizer, the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, and the Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation
Hands-on science workshop for children ages 6-11 with an adult.  Pre-registration requested:  (734) 764-0478.
TIME: 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History (Ruthven Museums Building).  Also offered at 22 area public libraries. 
further information (click on Workshops Quick Link)


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

SCIENCE CAFÉ: IDEAS FOR REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Knute Nadelhoffer, Director, Biological Station, and Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Dave Konkle, Energy Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:30 PM Hors d'oeuvres; 6:00-7:30 PM Program
LOCATION:  Arbor Brewing Company, Tap Room, 114 E. Washington St.
Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.  Other beverages and food must be purchased.
Space is limited and details are subject to change depending on audience response.


SUNDAY, MARCH 11

FAMILY WORKSHOP:  BACKYARD METEOROLOGY:  FORECASTING THE FUTURE!
sponsored by the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Pfizer, the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, and the Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation
Hands-on science workshop for children ages 6-11 with an adult.  Pre-registration requested:  (734) 764-0478.
TIME: 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History (Ruthven Museums Building).  Also offered at 22 area public libraries. 
further information (click on Workshops Quick Link)


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

SCIENTIFIC OCEAN DRILLING, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND DOMESTIC PUBLIC POLICY
sponsored by the Program in the Environment and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History

Lecture
Steven R. Bohlen, President, Joint Oceanographic Institutions
TIME: 5:00 PM (reception following)
LOCATION:
Exhibit Museum of Natural History (Ruthven Museums Building)


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

SCIENCE CAFÉ: WHAT’S FOR DINNER AFTER GLOBAL WARMING?
John Vandermeer, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:30 PM Hors d'oeuvres; 6:00-7:30 PM Program
LOCATION: Arbor Brewing Company, Tap Room, 114 E. Washington St.
Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.  Other beverages and food must be purchased.
Space is limited and details are subject to change depending on audience response.


SATURDAY, MARCH 24

WILD WEATHER, CHANGING CLIMATE DISCOVERY DAY
sponsored by the Exhibit Museum of Natural History and the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation
An entire day devoted to the exploration of weather and climate topics through hands-on activities, demonstrations, experiments, and more.  For families and children of all ages.
TIME: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Museum of Natural History (Ruthven Museums Building)


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28

CLIMATE CHANGE: INSIGHTS FROM SCIENCE, IMPERATIVES FOR POLICY
Rosina Bierbaum, Professor and Dean, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan
William R. Farrand Annual Public Lecture
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate

sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, the William R. Farrand Annual Public Lecture Endowment, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Rackham Amphitheater


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

SCIENCE CAFE: AUDIENCE CHOICE*
Henry Pollack, Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Michigan
Exhibit Museum Series: Wild Weather, Changing Climate
sponsored by the LSA Citizenship Theme Year, LSA Undergraduate Education, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History
TIME: 5:30 PM Hors d'oeuvres; 6:00-7:30 PM Program
LOCATION: Arbor Brewing Company, Tap Room, 114 E. Washington St.
Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.  Other beverages and food must be purchased.
Space is limited and details are subject to change depending on audience response
*Audiences at the February café will vote on a topic for the April café.