Cincinnati’s Informal Science Education Ecosystem

‘Informal science education,’ or ISE, occurs in community settings when scientific findings or concepts are presented to segments of the public, often in relatively brief encounters. Think of activities and demonstrations on the museum floor, for example, or animal encounters at a zoo. For academic scientists and other researchers interested in public outreach, informal science … Continue reading Cincinnati’s Informal Science Education Ecosystem

Miss the interview? Dr. Sarah Richardson discusses The Maternal Imprint

Curious about the maternal-fetal relationship? How does the environment, including the stresses on, the behavior of, and the health of the woman during the gestational period affect the fetus? Are there any long-term effects? How have these effects changed through history? In early September, we hosted Dr. Sarah Richardson, Professor of the History of Science … Continue reading Miss the interview? Dr. Sarah Richardson discusses The Maternal Imprint

Sarah Richardson, The Maternal Imprint

Join us for our Science and Nature Lecture featuring Professor Sarah Richardson. This program is in person at the Mercantile Library, and also available virtually via Crowdcast. DateSep 9, 2021Time6 - 8 pm EDTLocationMercantile Library and online via Crowdcast Sarah Richardson is Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality … Continue reading Sarah Richardson, The Maternal Imprint

Vaccine Hesitancy: Did You Miss It?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available! But why is the supply of doses catching up with demand of those who want it? Who is turning it down, and what led to many people pausing before getting it?  Recently we hosted Dr. Maya J. Goldenberg in partnership with the Mercantile Library to talk about her new book Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War … Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy: Did You Miss It?

Vaccine Hesitancy with Dr. Maya J. Goldenberg

Did you miss Dr. Goldenberg's talk about her research and book on vaccine hesitancy this week? You can still hear it here, hosted by the Mercantile Library. Dr. Goldenberg stressed the ways that doctors and scientists can change their language, listen to and address concerns, and consider the wide variety of reasons that individuals may … Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy with Dr. Maya J. Goldenberg

Raising the Conversation: The Mercantile Library

While today the Mercantile Library engages the public in science and philosophy, its founders’ original intention in creating it was a desire to learn and not having access to the resources to do so. In 1835, self-made merchants pieced together the library at a time when higher education and books were luxuries only the wealthy … Continue reading Raising the Conversation: The Mercantile Library

Celebrated Series “A Pact With Reason” is Now Online

In the Summer of 2020, the Mercantile Library co-hosted “A Pact with Reason,” presented by Dr. Piers Bursill-Hall and co-sponsored by Dr. Zvi Biener and Dr. Terry Grundy. Bursill-Hall is a philosopher of science at Cambridge. His interests include the history of the development of math and science in Western societies. Grundy describes him as a “natural showman” who attracted a large, global … Continue reading Celebrated Series “A Pact With Reason” is Now Online

‘A Pact with Reason’ Online Lecture Series Starts July 16

Promotional image for A Pact with Reason, presented by Dr. Piers Bursill-Hall Center Faculty Affiliate Zvi Biener is co-sponsoring A Pact With Reason, a series of ten free lectures by Dr. Piers Bursill-Hall of Cambridge University hosted by the Mercantile Library. The lectures will begin on Thursday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and continue … Continue reading ‘A Pact with Reason’ Online Lecture Series Starts July 16