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Cincinnati Science Roundup: January

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Starting this January, the UC Center for Public Engagement with Science will have a monthly feature, Cincinnati Science Roundup. The Roundup will highlight events and news from our collaborators and community partners in Greater Cincinnati related to science.

This month, we highlight the latest releases from the Science Around Cincy video series and the Your Health Unlocked podcast series, and upcoming events by UC’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS), Science on Tap, Cincinnati Nature Center, Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance, and Cincinnati Museum Center.

Reusing and Recycling Plastics – Precious Plastic, Science Around Cincy

Check out the November 23 episode of Science Around Cincy about Repurposing and Recycling Plastics. Science Around Cincy partnered with Precious Plastic Cincy to learn how they transform recycled plastics into new goods. Check out the video on Youtube!

Ohio Abortion Regulations and Ethical Dilemmas for OBGYN With Meredith Field & Jessie Hill, Your Health Unlocked

Former UC & OPEN postdoctoral fellow, now Alfred University Assistant Professor of Sociology, Meredith Fields is guest on Your Health Unlocked – a podcast from National Women’s Health Network. Meredith and fellow guest Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, explain what research tells us about Ohio abortion regulations and ethical dilemmas for OBGYNs. Check out the podcast here!

Gender Diversity & Perception Panel Discussion, UC’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) and Science on Tap

Wednesday, January 11, 6;00-9:00 pm

Join UC’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) for their Alloy discussion series, Gender Diversity & Perception, hosted with Science on Tap. These wide-ranging conversations involve intimate, participatory audiences, tackling questions at the cutting edge of sensing research in unique locations around the city. This event will address topics around gender diversity, including how one perceives oneself (gender identity), how individuals express themselves (gender expression), and how gender identities and expression are perceived by members of society-at-large. While ideas about gender have shifted over time, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have always existed. In recent years, awareness and education have led to greater understanding, but misinformation continues to circulate. Together in conversation, we’ll explore the past, the present and the future of gender diversity. 

Winter Bird Walks, Cincinnati Nature Center

Saturday, January 14, 9-10:30 am  and Saturday, January 28, 9-10:30 am

Start your weekend off right by joining CNC’s friendly birding group for a winter walk. The cold season is the perfect time to sharpen existing birding skills as the leaves are off the trees and birds are easier to spot!  Beginners  welcome. Preregistration required. Member adult free; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Maple Sugaring (Online), Cincinnati Nature Center

Wednesday, January 18, 7-8 pm  

“Tap” into the origins of this unique, local, and native food! Explore the history of maple sugaring, learn about the syrup-making process, and discover foodie secrets.  Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10. 

The Ripple Effect (Online), Cincinnati Nature Center

January 23-March 6, 2023

Are you wondering what actions you can take to impact conservation, or if one person can make a difference? Just as one drop in a pond creates ripples, your actions can inspire waves of positive change for people and nature. This self-paced online course will show you how. Preregistration required by January 18. Member adult free; nonmember adult free. Donations welcomed! 

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Soil, Seed & Soul: An Educator Training on the Life & Career of George Washington Carver, Green Umbrella

Saturday, January 14, 3:00-4:30 pm

Join Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice on MLK weekend as we lift up the legacy of the phenomenal story of George Washington Carver, his lifelong work as a botanist & master of regenerative farming. Led by Omope Carter Daboiku, Agraria’s Story & Media Artist, this engaging, virtual training will provide educators, parents, librarians, historians, and others with the information they need to teach about George Washington Carver in time for February’s Black History Month.

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Modernizing Our Buildings: Green for Green, Green Umbrella

Wednesday, January 18, 8:00-10:00 am

Green energy and sustainable building practices are no longer the domain of early adopters or futuristic visionaries. As the technology of “going green” becomes cheaper and more efficient, the upsides to your bottom line continue to increase. The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act has put into place an array of new tax incentives that make green buildings even more attractive. Join the experts from Melink and Clark Schaefer Hackett to learn about the latest innovations in green building techniques, tour a facility putting them into practice and hear about the latest tax incentives so you can go green and get green.

You Too Can Put Solar on Your House of Worship, Green Umbrella

Tuesday, January 31, 7:00-8:00 pm

Now more than ever, it’s vital to reduce the carbon footprint of our worship facilities. Hear stories from three people who succeeded in getting solar installations on their religious facilities. Learn how they did it, how much it cost, where the money came from, and when they will see the return on their investment. How did they get members and leaders of their congregation to agree and support the idea? How much CO2 emissions will be reduced by their effort? Bring your questions and curiosity. Ever wonder if you can inspire your congregation to embrace the idea of solar installation for your religious facility? Find out how you too can put solar on your house of worship.

KidSPACE: Open Studio, Cincinnati Museum Center

Sunday, January 22, 2:00 pm

Sunday, January 29, 2:00 pm

What happens when Science, Play, Art, Creativity, and Exploration combine? Drop into KidSPACE at Cincinnati Museum Center for some creative making activities.

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