Augmented Reality Professional Development
Workshop: Augmented Reality for Beginners
Lead by AR Artist, Zenka Sponsored by JH Wild
Date: Thursday October 6, 2 - 5pm
Location: Jackson Hole Center for the Arts CWC Classroom ICN
Cost: Suggested Donation
Registration Information: Eventbright signup here
Date: October 8, 8:30 - 12:30
Location: Center Theater
Go back to college for a day - minus the tests, stress and homework - join us for three lectures, delivered by top-notch professors who will enlighten and entertain you as part of Saturday U: The Free One-Day college education
Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., October 8th at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. There is no pre-registration necessary and the lectures are free and open to the public.
8:30-8:50 a.m. Free coffee and pastries, bagels, and other breakfast items
8:50-9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 - 10:00a.m. Flight of the alpine bumblebee in cold, thin air
Michael Dillon - Associate Professor of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
The challenges of high altitude to human mountaineers are widely appreciated. Reduced available oxygen ("hypoxia") makes it tough to breath, such that most climbers require supplemental oxygen to summit the highest peaks. And bitterly cold temperatures can penetrate even the fanciest of outdoor gear. Small flying insects have the highest oxygen demand of any organism, but their ability to acquire and use oxygen may be severely compromised by both hypoxia and cold temperatures. Despite these challenges, bumble bees are abundant and diverse at high elevations (> 17,000 ft), presenting a compelling physiological paradox.
10:15 - 11:15a.m. The Ecological Impacts of Our Plastic Footprint: Microplastics in Aquatic Environments
Kirsten Kapp - Professor of Biology and Math, Central Wyoming College
Humans have enjoyed the benefits of plastic for over a century. So much so that global plastic production increased 38% between 2004 and 2014. Yet there are costs to our love affair with plastic. Kapp will explain why plastics constitute an environmental contaminant and why leading scientists continue to express concern over this serious yet largely unnoticed environmental problem. Kapp and her students research the presence of microplastics in the Snake River Watershed and her talk will highlight the science on microplastics and their local impact.
11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. When the planet warms up will social relationships cool down? A furry tail
Merav Ben-David - Professor of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
Coastal river otters (Lontra canadensis) exhibit an unusual social organization with higher sociality among males. Telemetry tracking, captive observations, and individual-based modeling revealed that otter sociality is largely driven by cooperative foraging on schooling pelagic fishes that are seasonally available in the nearshore environment. Climate-change induced increases in ocean temperatures diminish the availability of these fishes, leading to declines in otter abundance and sociality. By foraging in the sea and depositing urine and feces on land for scent communication social individuals fertilize the terrestrial vegetation along the coast. Declines in otter abundance and sociality will reduce community diversity, resilience, and carbon sequestration capacity of Alaska's coastal forests.