Saint Louis Science Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/issues-around-arcturis-st-louis-science-center-deal-resurrected <p>The controversy over a contract between the St. Louis Science Center and a design firm doesn’t seem to be going away.</p><p>In April, Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned following conflict-of-interest allegations stemming from the Science Center awarding a contract to Arcturis, a company she founded.</p><p>On Thursday, ZMD board member Charles Valier again criticized Science Center dealings with the firm at a budget-presentation meeting at the Center.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 02:09:55 +0000 Nancy Fowler 36379 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/does-zoo-museum-district-future-hinge-stronger-ethics-code <p>The very existence of <a href="http://www.mzdstl.org">St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District </a>could be at stake in a debate over its ethics code, according to a national expert on tax funding and cultural districts.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:41:33 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35627 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code? Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conflict-interest-allegations-lead-zmd-board-resignation-and-push-stronger-regs <p>New Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned this afternoon following allegations of ethics violations.</p><p>Whitaker is chairman of St. Louis’ Arcturis design firm, which recently won a contract with the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is a subdistrict of the ZMD and receives about $10 million each year in tax dollars from the district. She had resigned as an employee of Arcturis, but still owns 37 percent of its stock.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:57:20 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35497 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs Steve Potter Eats Bugs As Science Center Opens Bug Exhibit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/steve-potter-eats-bugs-science-center-opens-bug-exhibit <p>"Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World" opens October 19th at the Saint Louis Science Center. As a tasty addition, every weekend the attraction will host bug chefs preparing sweet, salty and crunchy bug treats. <em>Cityscape</em> host Steve Potter previewed the exhibit with Bug Chef Jayme Necaise and sampled an array of those bug-filled snacks.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:01:17 +0000 Camille Phillips 30780 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Steve Potter Eats Bugs As Science Center Opens Bug Exhibit Michelle Loyet Unravels The Mysteries Of Afterlife In Ancient Egypt http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/michelle-loyet-unravels-mysteries-afterlife-ancient-egypt <p>The <a href="http://www.slsc.org/&quot;">Saint Louis Science Center</a>’s current exhibition <em>Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science</em> has sparked an interest in the afterlife in ancient Egyptian culture.&nbsp; Earlier this month, Michele Loyet, Adjunct Professor on Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology &nbsp;at Webster University, spoke at the Science Center on the topic of mummification in Egypt.&nbsp; She was Don Marsh’s guest on <em>St. Louis on the Air</em> to talk about the afterlife tradition in ancient Egypt.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:08:47 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 27724 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Michelle Loyet Unravels The Mysteries Of Afterlife In Ancient Egypt Watch: Saint Louis Science Center Deflates Exploradome After 17 Years http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/watch-saint-louis-science-center-deflates-exploradome-after-17-years <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After 17 years, the giant, inflated event and exhibition space at the Saint Louis Science Center known as the "</span>Exploradome<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" has come down.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What started as an experiment to test the need for such a space, the </span>Exploradome<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was deflated on Monday to make way for a permanent exhibition structure with indoor and outdoor elements. The Science Center says the dome took just over 9 minutes to deflate.</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:14:06 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Kristi Luther 27676 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Watch: Saint Louis Science Center Deflates Exploradome After 17 Years 50 Years Of Astronomy In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/50-years-astronomy-st-louis <p>In 1961, a parent of one of Charles Schweighauser’s students told him that a planetarium was being built in Forest Park and suggested that he apply for the job of director.&nbsp; He figured that he was too young, but applied anyway.&nbsp; Much to his surprise, he was hired the day before his 25<sup>th</sup> birthday.&nbsp; Almost two years later, on April 16, 1963, the <a href="http://www.slsc.org/planetarium">James S. McDonnell Planetarium</a> opened its doors giving St. Louisans a state-of-the art way to view the universe in its star chamber.&nbsp; The space race between the U.S. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:45:38 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 25502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 50 Years Of Astronomy In St. Louis Citizen Science: Local Efforts Contribute To Study And Preservation Of Many Species http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/citizen-science-local-efforts-contribute-study-and-preservation-many-species <p>Citizen science is a growing opportunity for non-professional and amateur scientists to participate in professional research.</p><p>There are numerous opportunities for citizen science in the St. Louis area and engaging in such endeavors can contribute to protecting environments and preserving species.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:23:15 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 8245 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Citizen Science: Local Efforts Contribute To Study And Preservation Of Many Species Wildlife Rescue & Born To Be Wild At Saint Louis Science Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wildlife-rescue-born-be-wild-saint-louis-science-center <p>The <a href="http://www.slsc.org/">Saint Louis Science Center</a> has an exhibition and is showing a documentary film about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.</p><p>Host Steve Potter talks with David Lickley, the director of <a href="http://www.imax.com/borntobewild/"><em>Born to be Wild</em></a>, about the film on orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue them.&nbsp; Steve also talks with Bert Vescolani, the President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center, about the Wildlife Rescue Exhibition.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:48:49 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 6045 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wildlife Rescue & Born To Be Wild At Saint Louis Science Center National Academy of Sciences president: people are contributing to climate change http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-academy-sciences-president-people-are-contributing-climate-change <p>There is strong evidence that human-produced greenhouse gases—like carbon dioxide and methane—are changing the Earth’s climate.</p><p>So says the President of <a href="http://www.nasonline.org/">the National Academy of Sciences</a>, <a href="http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ABOUT_President">Ralph Cicerone</a>.</p><p>He spoke about the science of <a href="http://dels-old.nas.edu/basc/climate-change/">climate change</a> at the <a href="http://www.slsc.org/WhatToDo/ClimateChange.aspx">Saint Louis Science Center</a> this week.</p><p>And Cicerone told St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra that although the climate has changed in the past, this time is different.</p><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:12:49 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 456 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National Academy of Sciences president: people are contributing to climate change