By Mary K. Hanson
Tuleyome presents its new “Nature and You” lecture series, in partnership with the Yolo County Library, starting in June. The lectures are free to the public and will be held once a month on a Thursday evening in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.
The series will focus on nature, including the Earth sciences, the environment and conservation, clean water and solar alternatives. Piggy-backing on the nationally acclaimed STEM program, which encourages young people — especially young women — to enter into the educational fields of science, technology, engineering and math, the lecture series this year will feature predominantly female speakers: strong models of women in the scientific and academic fields who use their knowledge to benefit the world around them.
Tuleyome encourages youth groups, women’s group, school-age children and families to attend.
The speakers will talk about their own work, how they entered their fields and how their work makes a positive impact on our understanding of our planet around us. All lectures will be provided in an easy-to-understand format, and time will be allowed for questions and answers after each talk.
Each program will run from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The lectures slated include the following:
* June 19: The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with Sara Husby-Good, executive director of Tuleyome and the California chairwoman for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act celebration in 2014;
* July 24: Plant science and bioart with Anna Davidson, host of WISE and LASER;
* Aug. 28: Exploring virus-vector-plant interactions: Are viruses at the helm? with Candice Stafford-Banks, entomologist and plant pathologist;
* Sept. 25: Honeybees with Christine Casey, manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven;
* Oct. 23: What does a plant taxonomist do? with Ellen Dean, herbarium curator at UC Davis;
* Nov. 20: Solar energy for everyone with Rebekah Casey, development director for GRID Alternatives North Valley;
* Jan. 22: Wetlands science with Cara Clark, wetlands expert;
* Feb. 26: Serpentine soils and flora with Susan Harrison, faculty member of the department of environmental science and policy;
* March 26: Dragonflies — the Earth’s first fliers, with Kathy Biggs, author and odonate expert; and
* April 23: Local raptors with Michelle Hawkins, director of the California Raptor Center.
Space is limited, so Tuleyome suggests that those interested RSVP for their favorite lectures now. For more information and to sign up, go to Tuleyome’s Meet Up site at www.meetup.com/Tuleyome-Home-Place-Adventures or contact series coordinator Mary Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.