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Science Inquiry Lecture Series

Join MOR and the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences as we explore cutting-edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by an engaging question and answer session. 

Wednesday, March 22 | Adaptations in Owls with Denver Holt
How well can they see at night, how well can they hear, how silently do owls fly, why are they so hard to find—and why do people admire them so much?  Denver Holt, president of the Owl Research Institute, will discuss what owls can tell us about adapting to environments.  

Wednesday, April 19 | DNA Surgery for Curing Genetic Diseases with Dr. Blake Wiedenheft
How can immune strategies used by bacteria to fight off viruses be employed to cure genetic diseases in humans?  Dr. Blake Wiedenheft, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at MSU, and recent winner of a Presidential Early Career Award will present his research insights and their implications. Wednesday, May 10 | TBD


Previous Lectures:

  • Wednesday, January 18 | The Dinosaur in the Window | John Scannella, Ph.D., Interim Curator of Paleontology | Why study dinosaurs? Learn how Triceratops, T. rex, and other ancient creatures impact our understanding of the world around us. 
  • Wednesday, February 8 | Star Circle:  A Cosmic Mirror on Medicine Mountain | Ivy Merriot, Ph.D., Director of Sky Traditions | How has the Big Horn Medicine Wheel kept cosmic time over thousands of years? More accurate than atomic clocks or the calendar on our wall — the Wheel's tracking of cosmic cycles predicts our future.