´Born to do Science' is back beginning March 9

born to web(STILLWATER,OKLA./ February 20, 2014) – Monty Harper and OSU scientists are back at the Stillwater Public Library to inform and entertain 3-8 grade students on science research and phenomena. “Born to Do Science” has returned with four sessions this spring on selected Sundays at 2 p.m.

“Stillwater is very lucky to have top research scientists and a children’s songwriter team up to create a truly unique learning experience,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “Monty brings high level science to our library in a way that is accessible to kids.”

“Born to Do Science” introduces children to working scientists who share their research and expertise. Harper, the program host, works closely with the scientists to develop each program in a way that will be fascinating for both children and adults.

“Each event features a guest scientist, scientific research you won’t hear about anywhere else, hands-on activities and a song,” said Harper. “We don’t talk down to kids and we don’t water down the science. It’s a great way to connect your family with critical thinking, genuine wonder, and real-life everyday science!”

The spring schedule includes:

  • March 9, 2014: “Imperiled Bats of Tar Creek” with Dr. Karen McBee and Rachel Eguren, OSU Zoology Department.  Are toxins knocking these critters off course? The Tar Creek superfund site in Northeast Oklahoma is one of the most toxic areas in the United States.  How is the wildlife coping? Dr. McBee and her students shoot night vision video of bats flying obstacle course to help find out!
  • March 23, 2014: “Loser Lizards and Motherly Winners” with Jess Magaña, OSU Zoology Department. Can losing a fight make you less of a mother? Mother reptiles have only so much energy. How do their bodies decide how much to invest in their offspring? Can winning or losing a fight make a difference for future babies? Jess Magaña finds out by pitting female against female!
  • April 13, 2014: “Probing Proteins’ Secret Tricks” with Dr. Wouter Hoff and Dr. Aihua Xie, OSU Microbiology & Physics Department. Infrared spectroscopy gives us the clues! Proteins that can move protons from here to there enable our sight and power our cells, but how do they do it? Nobody knows! Drs. Hoff and Xie use infrared spectroscopy to peek at the inner workings of these mysterious biological nano-machines!
  • April 27, 2014: “Battling Bacterial Biofilms” with Dr. Marianna Patrauchan, OSU Microbiology Department. Decoding chemical conversations could save lives! Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium, usually harmless to humans. But in the lungs of people with Cystic Fibrosis, it forms a deadly biofilm. Why? How? Dr. Patrauchan uses a variety of approaches to help figure it out!

The classes are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Adult family members are also encouraged to attend with children.

For more information or to register, visit the Stillwater Public Library email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.  Visit the library at http://library.stillwater.org. To find out about previous Born to Do Science programs visit www.BornToDoScience.com   

The Stillwater Public Library is located at1107 S. Duck St.(the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Library programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and KOSU.