Ruxz_M-rbu5hJUPoenSULdy6Wzk The Science of My Life: Free Upcoming Events at CSI

Friday, February 15, 2013

Free Upcoming Events at CSI

There are several cool events happening in Twin Falls next week that I want to share!

What is geothermal energy, how does it fit into the renewable energy portfolio, and why are western states so promising in terms of future geothermal energy resources. Former Boise State University professor Walter Snyder will explain these questions and more at the Herrett Forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Snyder was a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University and then with Phillips Petroleum before joining the faculty of Boise State University in 1984. He is now retired. His science research has focused on stratigraphy, tectonics, and economic geology, mostly of the western United States but also in Russia, China, and Canada. He has been active nationally and internationally in promoting the development of the geoinformatics community, which includes the National Science Foundation and the Geothermal Data Exchange.

In 1923, Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner predicted that within 100 years, honeybees would disappear as a result of increased mechanization and industrialization. In recent years, a startling honeybee decline known as colony collapse disorder appears to be giving credence to Steiner’s prediction.
The College of Southern Idaho Sustainability Committee will show the documentary ‘Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?’at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The film traces the link between bees and man over the last 10,000 years, revealing bees as a barometer of the health of the earth. While it deals with the dark reality of the honeybee crisis, the film also brings the viewer into the secret wonder of the hive and the good humor of devoted beekeepers. It also documents the efforts of Gunther Hauk, who is creating a 600-acre farm dedicated to helping support the bees.
The Sustainability Council has also invited a local beekeeper from Tubbs Berry Farm to bring and display a hive that film attendees can see up close. Admission is free of charge and the presentation is open to everyone of all ages.

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