Events: Meet the Scientist, a Glimpse of Tehran, Crocheted Coral Reefs and More

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Monday, January 24: Meet an Oceanographer: The Sant Ocean Hall

Get your pressing marine biology questions answered in the Sant Ocean Hall. Meet the scientist stationed within the exhibition, who will show collections specimens or artifacts (including some under the microscope) with visitors, and learn about  everything from recent field studies, new discoveries and voyages to the hot spots of scientific inquiry. Free. Natural History Museum, 1:00-3:00 PM

Tuesday, January 25: The Crocheter Is In: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Meet one of the contributors to The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef! Stationed within the exhibition, volunteers crochet specimens while teaching visitors about the art, science and mathematics behind the exhibit. Today’s program is presented by Rebecca Gordon. Free. Natural History Museum, 1:00-5:00 PM.

Wednesday, January 26: Shout Online Conference Series: "Study the Land"

To extend the learning experience beyond the classroom, the Smithsonian in its innovative online program, Learning and TakingITGlobal, brings to educators and students a year-long series of web-based learning experiences addressing environmental issues globally.

In this special web seminar, "Study the Land" invites students and educators to join Smithsonian experts in the following two sessions to discuss the environment from a variety of perspectives—scientific, historical, cultural and artistic. Sessions are as follows:

Session 1: How do we understand biodiversity and sustain our natural heritage? (11:00 AM)

W. John Kress, director of the Smithsonian's Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet and curator of botany at the National Museum of Natural History, explores connections between sustaining biodiversity and our natural heritage.

Session 2: Smithsonian Tree Banding Project: Climate, Classrooms, and Trees (1:00 PM)

Forest ecologist Dr. Geoffrey “Jess” Parker and education specialist Josh Falk, both of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, discuss in depth the Smithsonian Tree Banding Project (starting January 2011), in which students around the globe monitor the rate at which their local trees grow and learn how that rate corresponds with the climate.

Session 3: Charles Darwin in the Islands: Evolution, Adaptation, and Sustaining our Natural Heritage (7:00 PM)

Dr. W. John Kress, Curator and Research Scientist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, will discuss how these observations reinforce our ideas on how plants and animals evolve according to the changes, caused by both natural and human actions, in their habitats.

These seminars are online only. This event is free, but online registration is required.

Thursday, January 27: Erased: Limits and Borders

Artist and author Harry Gamboa Jr. will reflect on the social and personal conditions of Chicanos during the second half of the 20th century, focusing on the development of Asco, a Los Angeles arts group whose key performances include Walking Mural, Instant Mural, and Spring Paint LACMA, and various aspects of performance art. Gamboa will also discuss the fotonovela through an examination of his black and white photography, its role in representing Chicano iconography, and the traditional media’s response to his work. Free. American Art Museum, 7:00 PM.

Friday, January 29: My Tehran for Sale

Get an insider's view of Tehran's thriving, rebellious culture of artists, poets, singers and dancers through this film that tells the story of an actress who rebels against authority. According to the Global Film Initiative, "Poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran's contemporary political climate." The film will be presented in Persian with English subtitles. Free. Freer, 7:00 PM.

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