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Phipps to Host Two Special Botany in Action Events

· Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
· Friday, September 27, 2013 to Saturday, September 28, 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pa. – On Sept. 27 and 28, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will welcome five emerging scientists supported by its Botany in Action Fellowship program for two special events: Science Stories from the Field and Science Casual Conversations. Highlighting exciting stories from the fellows’ global adventures studying the relationships between people, plants, health and the planet, both events are open to the public and included in the price of regular Phipps admission. Science Stories from the Field, held in Phipps’ new Center for Sustainable Landscapes from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, features entertaining presentations from Botany in Action fellows about their explorations and discoveries, a cash bar, light refreshments, a photography show, music and time to mingle with the researchers. For Science Casual Conversations, held from 1:30 – 3 p.m., the scientists will be stationed throughout the Tropical Forest Conservatory to display their research tools, answer guest questions and offer a glimpse into the world of field scientists. Since its inception, Botany in Action has supported 40 doctoral students from 19 U.S. universities, providing stipends, training on how to communicate with non-scientific communities about their work, and opportunities to engage public audiences in Pittsburgh and beyond. These fellows have conducted research in 22 countries and initiated outreach worldwide, covering ethnobotany; diversity and conservation; landscape and brownfield restoration; and sustainable landscapes. The fellows guests will meet are engaged in research in locales from Pennsylvania to India, studying topics from the effects of heavy metal pollution on plants and pollinators to the potential of traditional medicine to affect Parkinson’s disease. Among them are: Aurélie Jacquet, Purdue University; Anna Johnson, University of Maryland – Baltimore County; George Meindl, University of Pittsburgh; Jessica Turner, West Virginia University; and Anita Varghese, University of Hawaii – Manoa. The cost of Phipps admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (two – 18). Members and kids under two enter free. More details about Botany in Action weekend can be found at phipps.conservatory.org. To read about the fellows, visit phippsbotanyinaction.org, and discover more about science education and research at Phipps at phippsscienceducation.org.

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