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science lecture
Lecture – Medicine Without Evolution Is Like Engineering Without Physics By Randolph M. Nesse

Tuesday, March 3
6:30 p.m.
Evolutionary medicine uses the basic science of evolutionary biology to improve the understanding, prevention andtreatment of disease. Instead of just asking how the body works and why it goes awry, it also asks why natural selection left us with so many traits like wisdom teeth and the narrow birth canal that leave us vulnerable to disease. The old answer-the limits of natural selection-is important, but there are five other important explanations for vulnerability. Randolph Nesse, a founder of the field evolutionary medicine, will give examples to illustrate all six reasons, with a focus on cancer, infectious diseases and emotional disorders. He will explain why the field is growing so fast, its prospects for providing a deeper understanding of disease, and how scientists and clinicians can join the effort to bring evolutionary biology to bear on the problems of medicine. This lecture is cosponsored by The Leakey Foundation.

Lecture – Great White Sharks, Tracking The Ocean’s Apex Predator By Greg Stunz
Wednesday, March 4
6:30 p.m. 
Through the OCEARCH collaborative, researchers are now generating previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of great white sharks in order to protect the specie³ future while enhancing public safety and education. Unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators will be presented by shark researcher Greg Stunz, Ph.D. of Harte Institute and Texas A&M Corpus Christi with OCEARCH founder and expedition leader Chris Fischer. This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

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GEMS

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Behind-the-Scenes – Samurai: The Way Of The Warrior
Tuesday, February 17
6:00 p.m.
Witness the exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warriors of Japan in the special exhibition Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Museum master docents will lead you through the collection that includes full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs. 

Behind-the-Scenes – Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
Tuesday, February 17
6:00 p.m.
Featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breathtaking wild landscapes,Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. Tour this visually stunning exhibition with our resident photographers David Temple and Janell Nelson.

GEMS 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and the Houston Museum of Natural Science invite you to attend the Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) event. The Museum will be filled with hands-on science and math for everyone to experience. Local professionals will be at the Museum to answer questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Thanks to the Society of Petroleum Engineers / Gulf Coast Section for its support of GEMS 2015!

Telescope Classes
George Observatory

Saturday, February 21
Did you get a new telescope? The box made it sound easy to use. Come let an expert astronomer help you set it up and polar align your scope so that it will work. It is not as easy as the box would lead you to believe! After you get some help, then it will be easy and enjoyable. 

Refractor And Reflection Telescope Class
1:00 – 2:30

Go-To Computerized Telescope Class
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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miracle berry

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Valentine’s Sale at the Museum Store
Get $50 off your purchase of $200 or more!
Can’t think of the perfect gift for your Valentine? We got you covered with 10 gift ideas for your sweetheart.
Sale ends Saturday, February 14. Use promo code BEMINE. 

Miracle Berry Taste-Bud Tripping Party
Thursday, February 12
6:30 & 7:00 p.m.
The miracle berry from West Africa transforms your taste buds making sour, bitter and tart foods delightfully sweet—making this a perfect Valentine taste bud trip! Experience the magic of the miracle berry along the dramatically lit trails of Cockrell Butterfly Center rainforest. Enjoy a variety of foods selected for their high-impact miracle berry transformation. Advance tickets recommended by February 8. Click here for tickets.

Valentine’s Dinner And Lecture At HMNS Sugar Land
Saturday, February 14
6:30 p.m.
An Evening Under the Stars! Do something different this Valentine’s Day! Join Carolyn Sumners, HMNS Vice President of Astronomy and Physics, as she shares behind the scenes tales of space exploration and leads the group on a tour of the night sky. The evening includes a reception in the exhibit halls, a three course seated meal with wine pairings and a chance to fall in love for the first time … or all over again. Make your plans early as this fabulous evening event sells out each year and seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase required – deadline is February 9.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/2-2/8

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Special Exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year Now Open
Featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breathtaking wild landscapes, Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.It is free for Museum members and with general admission.

Lecture – Egypt And The Lost Land Of Punt, Hatshepsut’s Royal Contacts By Patricia Remler
Tuesday, February 3
6:30 p.m.
Hatshepsut, Egypt’s female pharaoh, traveled on made the most famous of the ancient country expeditions that sailed to what they considered a magical land – the land of Punt. In her mortuary temple, she recounts her journey and boasts of riches that she acquired such as coveted incense trees, baboons and ebony. Patricia Remler teaches Egyptology and Egyptian art at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. She is also an author and photographer who has worked on several projects with her husband, Egyptologist Bob Brier.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeology Institute of America – Houston Society with support by Apache.

Cultural Feast – Samurai Fusion
Thursday, February 5
7:00 p.m.
The power and prestige of the samurai warriors are reflected in their cuisine-a fusion of tradition and innovation. Literary and historical records reveal the significance and symbolism of food and drink served at their tea ceremonies, banquets, and other events. Our inspiration for this Cultural Feast will be menus and recipes from surviving culinary treatises which featured both native and imported ingredients and a variety of techniques that later influenced the evolution of modern Japanese cuisine. Chef Rocco Nankervis of Oceanaire and culinary historian Merrianne Timko have collaborated on this history-inspired menu with a modern twist. This event will be hosted at The Oceanaire Sea Food Room in The Galleria. 

Excursion – Camp Logan – Memorial Park Tour
Saturday, February 7
10:00 a.m.
Camp Logan, an emergency military training base built in 1917, housed 44,000 soldiers in what is now Houston Memorial Park. Historians and archaeologists Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski will lead this hike through Memorial Park to see Camp Logan archaeological sites.

Family Class – Ancient Egyptian Mummies By Dirk Van Tuerenhout
Saturday, February 7
10:00 a.m.
Have you ever wondered how to make a mummy, or live like an ancient Egyptian? Join Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology of the Houston Museum of Natural Science to explore the fascinating culture of ancient Egypt. This Family Talk is presented by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society. Following the presentation, enjoy hands-on activities at Ancient Encounters – Egypt in Glassell Hall.
Free with General Admission

Family Class – Ancient Encounters – Egypt
Saturday, February 7
11:00 a.m.
How did a boy or girl live in ancient Egypt? Join us to find out through activities specially devised for children and families. EXCAVATE the household of a tomb builder at a mock dig. OPERATE a giant lever used by Egyptians to irrigate their fields. PLAY an Egyptian game. WRITE your name in hieroglyphs!

All this and much more at Ancient Encounters presented by Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society with sponsorship from Apache.