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Event: Smithsonian Two-Day Online Conference

Smithsonian 2-Day ConferenceWhen: April 28-29
Cost: Free

Interact with Smithsonian scientists, curators, and educators in this free, two-day online conference. In live presentations, demonstrations, and moderated forums, teachers, students, and anyone interested can use critical thinking skills to address problems in science, history, arts, and culture.

Participants explore problem solving in the sciences with researchers from across the Smithsonian and teachers and students around the world. In six live and lively sessions, participants join the conversation without leaving their computers. Then, teachers can have their students take on creative challenges in a social-network learning game called “InterroBang.” The games begin when the conference ends, April 29.

To sign up, visit expert.si.edu. Registration is free. Participants can attend any or all sessions. Each session will be recorded and posted after it takes place for on-demand access.

Schedule:

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe
Wednesday, 28 April 201

VIDEO: Day 3 Welcome Message
Charles Alcock, Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

11:00 to 11:50 am EDT
Are there other worlds out there?
12:00 to 12:50 pm EDT
How have we imagined other worlds?
2:00 to 2:50 pm EDT
How do we grasp the vastness of the universe?

Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
Thursday, 29 April 2010

VIDEO: Day 4 Welcome Message
Cristián Samper, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

11:00 to 11:50 am EDT
What do modern animal bones tell us about biodiversity?
12:00 to 12:50 pm EDT
How can we learn about nature’s most elusive animals?
2:00 to 2:50 pm EDT
How (and why) do we count living things?

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