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Saturday Morning Science

Grab a cup of coffee and join us for Saturday Morning Science

Saturday Morning Science is a series of one-hour long talks on various scientific topics. No science background is required, only enthusiasm for and an interest in science. The talks are free and open to the public. If you want to know a bit more about science or if you are simply curious, come join us on Saturday morning.

If you missed a previous Saturday Morning Science, many recent talks can be found on our YouTube Channel

Saturday, October 5, 10:30 a.m.
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Kevin Wells
Department of Animal Sciences

“Genetically Engineered Livestock- Science and Supper

Genetically modified livestock are being produced or studied for drug target validation, disease model development, hypothesis testing, and bioreactor applications as well as for economic and agricultural benefit.  Society must now consider production and marketing of superior agricultural genetics through the use of genetic engineering.


Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m.
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Barbara Golden
Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University

“Ribozymes and the RNA World”

RNA molecules can self replicate.  In this talk we will discuss how these molecules may have evolved on earth and how we still see remnants of these RNAs in modern cells today.


Saturday, October 26, 10:30 a.m.  – CANCELED
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Michael Gold
Department of Forestry

“Can a future resilient agriculture be based on agroforestry?”

Modern agriculture is dominated by annual plants cultivated in monocultures. This provides massive amounts of food at low cost throughout the world lifting hundreds of millions of people from starvation, but also causes land degradation, water pollution, loss of habitat and biodiversity, and depressed economic returns to farmers.  Agroforestry (integrated systems of perennial-based polycultures) offers one pathway to more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems with the potential to help revitalize the economic foundation of farming.


Saturday, November 2, 10:30 a.m.
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Michael Harmata
Department of Chemistry

“Alkaloids!  What a difference nitrogen makes!”

The impact that alkaloids (molecules, often isolated from nature, that have one or more nitrogen atoms as part of their composition) have had on humanity is profound.  From cancer drugs to LSD to alkaloids in the skin of a tiny (6 cm!) and colorful South American frog potent enough to kill 10 men.  Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, alkaloids are everywhere!


Saturday, November 9, 10:30 a.m.
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Jaume Padilla
Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

“Vascular consequences of too much sitting”

Dr. Padilla’s work focuses on understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms by which inactivity, obesity, and type 2 diabetes lead to an increased risk for vascular dysfunction and disease.  This talk will summarize some recent findings demonstrating the consequences of excess inactivity and sitting.


Saturday, November 16, 10:30 a.m.
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Dr. Julia Moffitt
Dean of Health Sciences, Stephens College

“The brain heart “connexin” connection”

The brain has a significant impact on our cardiac function and health and well-being.   This talk will discuss the well-established link between cardiovascular disease and depression as well as the cardioprotective benefits of exercise training and some common underlying neural and molecular mechanisms that may mediate these effects.


When and Where

Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m.
Monsanto Auditorium
Bond Life Sciences Center

Free weekend parking is available in University Avenue Parking Structure, Virginia Avenue Parking Structure and the Virginia Avenue Garage Surface Lot. For directions to the Bond Life Sciences Center, visit:


Additional map and driving directions.

For ADA accommodations, contact Karla Carter at 573-882-7957 or


Grab a cup of coffee and a bagel and join us for Saturday Morning Science — a series of one-hour science talks.

These are not typical science lectures. Expect to be entertained, to see demonstrations, to learn a lot, and—best of all—to want to come back for more.

Saturday Morning Science is free and open to the public. No science background is required. All ages are welcome.

Breakfast refreshments are served before the talks, so come early. Talks start at 10:30 a.m. Doors open and refreshments are available a half-hour beforehand.