Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters
Tue, Apr 29
The Jurassic Park movies where an incredible look at dinosaurs through a Frankinsteinian lens of science gone horribly wrong, which often did not let good science get in the way of great cinematic story telling. Speaker Jason Poole will attempt to debunk a bit of the bunk, using sound science and a bit of humor.
Sharks! The TOOTH behind the Myth!
DANGEROUS! KILLERS! SHARKS EAT PEOPLE! These are some of the words you hear when people talk about sharks. Sharks have definitely gotten a bad reputation over the years. Join us and sink your teeth into the truth behind some common myths that plague this often misunderstood predator. Learn how sharks are a critical asset to the marine environment and why they should be protected.
*Food and Science Themed Cocktails available for purchase
No reservation required
Continental Old City
138 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
SpeakersBrad SmithBradley is the Coordinator of Overnights and Scouts at the Philadelphia Zoo, as well as an acting expert on all things animal and plant. He has a special fondness for insects. Many nights, he can be found at the zoo running animal shows and hikes for sleepover guests. In his spare time, he is an artist and illustrator. He has a degree in biology from Ursinus College.Cheronda FrazierCheronda Frazier is the Director of Community Engagement for the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences. She is responsible for the administrative oversight of the Academy's youth and community programs and special initiative projects. For more than twenty two years, Cheronda has worked to build effective science and youth development programs for youth that live in the community. During her tenure with NJAAS she has been involved in animal behavior training; served as an adjunct instructor for teacher professional development courses and taught aquatic veterinary science classes. In her spare time, she works as an emergency veterinary nurse helping sick and injured animals.Jason PooleJason “Chewie” Poole has been working with fossils for the better part of 30 years. He has collected dinosaur fossils for research in Wyoming, Montana, Egypt and is currently working in Patagonia in Argentina. Mr. Poole is a fossil preparator, teacher and illustrator of all things paleo. His work can be seen in the December 2007 issue of National Geographic Bizarre Dinosaurs as well as museum exhibits in several East coast Museums in the USA.Sharon MorrellSharon Morrell is the Senior Manager of Academic Engagement for the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences. She has been an informal science educator for over 15 years, working in both Zoo and Aquarium settings. When not teaching about the awesomeness of sharks and their habitat, she enjoys spending time tending to her flock of chickens and the other animals in her "zoo".Tammy SchmidtTammy Schmidt is the Curator of Carnivores and Ungulates at the Philadelphia Zoo. She has worked in the accredited zoological community for over 20 years with a variety of species through her career. She has participated in global conservation partnerships in Kenya/Africa with Grevy’s Zebra, in Namibia/Africa with African Lions and in Manitoba, Canada with Polar Bears.
PartnersThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityFounded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure AquariumCenter for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure AquariumThe Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit local and global leader in conservation-oriented research, environmental education, and community service. In cooperation with youth development programs and outreach initiatives with schools, community-based organizations, and the Adventure Aquarium, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium works to promote knowledge, increase appreciation, and provide protection for aquatic life and habitats.Philadelphia ZooPhiladelphia ZooThe Philadelphia Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. Today, the Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. With state-of-the-art animal exhibits, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, and scientific accomplishments, the Zoo has become one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. Fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, the Philadelphia Zoo continues to support and to engage in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world.ContinentalContinental