The UC Center for Public Engagement with Science is back with its monthly feature, Cincinnati Science Roundup. Check out events and news related to science in October from PEWS, our collaborators and community partners in Greater Cincinnati!

Dr. Carl Elliott’s talk on Medical Whistleblowing

Friday, October 6, reception at 5 PM, program starts at 5:30 PM Medical Sciences Building, Room E351, University of Cincinnati 
Join us in extending a warm welcome to renowned medical ethicist, Dr. Carl Elliott, who will be delivering a thought-provoking lecture titled “The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No”. His discussion will illuminate the challenges whistleblowers encounter as they expose misconduct within the medical field, offering insights into the harsh realities and profound ethical dilemmas they navigate. His upcoming book features a chapter on Martha Stephens, a whistleblower who exposed radiation experiments conducted at UC between 1960-1972, underscoring the importance of this event. Don’t miss this thought-provoking evening.

Monarch Festival

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Monarch Festival is not just an event, it’s an opportunity to connect with nature and cultivate a deeper appreciation for our environment. Don’t miss out on this memorable and educational experience! The Monarch Festival will shine a spotlight on the Zoo’s unwavering dedication to pollinator conservation in our region. Discover the full spectrum of our Pollen Nation program as you explore various engaging stations set up at Vine Street Village in the Zoo. To add to the merriment, the Zoo encourages everyone to wear their finest butterfly costumes for a truly whimsical atmosphere.

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Sunday Stroll With A Naturalist

Sunday, October 8th & 22nd, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, Meet at Rowe Visitor Center, Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center
Join a front desk naturalist for a Sunday stroll and learn what is happening in the natural world at the Cincinnati Nature Center. This leisurely walk may take you back in time as you visit different parts of the Krippendorf Estate. This “Fun For All” program is designed to engage people of all ages. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult for this event. If you can’t make it on October 8th, don’t worry! The event will also be available on October 22nd, giving you another opportunity to participate. Preregistration required.

An Evening with Michael W. Twitty

Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 PM, Probasco Auditorium, University of Cincinnati

Proudly co-sponsored by PEWS, this event brings an exceptional guest to the forefront: Michael W. Twitty, a renowned James Beard award-winning culinary historian, memoirist, and celebrated author. Michael W. Twitty, known for his thought-provoking works such as “The Cooking Gene” and “Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an American Jew,” will take center stage at UC to share his unique perspectives. Through his engaging discourse, Twitty will delve into the profound connections between food, faith, and the liberal arts, showcasing how these elements intertwine to form a common thread that unites us all.

Green Umbrella’s Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, October 18, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Digital Futures, 3080 Exploration Ave, 1st Floor
Don’t miss out on this chance to engage with fellow sustainability champions from across the region and hear about how Green Umbrella is working to make their programs and membership more aligned and impactful. At this event, Green Umbrella will share information about their future plans, their new member benefits, and next steps to make the tri-state a more resilient, equitable, and thriving region – together. REGISTER HERE.

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Full Moon Walk: Hunter’s Moon At Long Branch Farm & Trails

Saturday, October 28, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, meet at Nature PlayScape parking lot, Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center. 
Experience the enchantment of a Full Moon Walk! Join this guided night hikes on level upland trails, avoiding steep terrain. These 1 – 1.5 mile walks feature natural history moments, readings, and moonlit views. You can also choose your pace and peer group: easy, moderate, or adult-only. Prepare for your adventure here. Click here to register or know more about the event. Don’t miss the magic of the full moon!