August Brown Bag Events

Posted on Aug 5, 2017

Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Bring your lunch; the Library provides coffee and cookies.
Naomi Lane Room 

August 2 – NOVA: “The Origami Revolution”
The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even  within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. NOVA (60 min)

August 9 –  Live Presentation: “The Power of the Plant” Lora Winowiecki
Plant based diets are associated with a reduced risk of certain health conditions including heart disease, certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. They are also associated with much less environmental damage than diets rich in animal protein. Learn about the benefits  of plant based eating and how to incorporate more of these foods in your diet. Lora Winowiecki has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for almost 17 years. She is currently working at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI. Live Presentation (60 min.)

August 16 – Tales of Migration: Plight of the Grassland Birds
From the vast plains of Montana, the deserts of Mexico, and the meadows of New England, grassland birds are losing their habitats at an alarming rate. Agriculture is one threat encroaching on the habitat of the grasslands species. What other challenges do these birds face and how are North and South American grassland birds connected? Host Will Lange explores efforts to protect the birds and their habitats. PBS (60 min.)

August  23 –  NOVA: “Memory Hackers”
Memory is the glue that binds our mental lives. Without it, we’d be prisoners of the present, unable to use the lessons of the past to change our future. From our first kiss to where we put our keys, memory represents who we are and how we learn and navigate the world. But how does it work? Neuroscientists using cutting-edge techniques are exploring the precise molecular mechanisms of memory that can explain and even control our memories. The question is—are we ready? NOVA (60 min.)

August 30 – American Masters — Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
This documentary explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center (Warren, Mich.) He also designed modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair.

Saarinen’s son, director of photography and co-producer Eric Saarinen, ASC (Lost in America, The Hills Have Eyes, Exploratorium), visits the sites of his father’s work on a cathartic journey. AMERICAN MASTERS (60 min.)


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