Science Cafe

Hosted by: Kaleideum and Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University

Science Cafés offer you a chance to learn from a regional scientist. These free, informal programs are co-sponsored by Kaleideum and Reynolda Gardens.

October Science Café

Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 10

Topic: The Science of Archeology

From AD 800-1600, Native American settlements in the upper Yadkin River Valley remained small, consisting of one to four households. This was unique for the region, which was characterized by increasing community size after AD 1200. This research examines artifact distributions and sediment properties from a site in the valley to describe the settlements, and it examines regional social, political, economic, environmental, and landscape data to explain why this unique pattern formed.

Speaker: Dr. Eric Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wake Forest

November Science Café

Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 14

Topic: Space, Time and Appalachian Grass Balds: Coping with a Riddle and a Conservation Controversy

A number of the peaks of the Southern Appalachian Mountains support extensive grasslands rather than forests, and the presence of unique arrays of light-dependent organisms suggests a long history for these habitats. Recently we have proposed a novel and controversial hypothesis involving climate extremes and animal activity to explain the existence of these mountain balds and similar grasslands in other parts of the world.

Speaker: Dr. Peter Weigl, Research Professor, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University


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