Claiming Kin Symposium 2013
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Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall, MU, doors open at 6:30 pm
Free general admission ticket required. Overflow seating information

REBECCA SKLOOT – Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and an award-winning science reporter on topics ranging from goldfish surgery to packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall, MU
Free admission. No ticket or registration needed.

JAMES SUROWIECKI – Author of The Wisdom of Crowds, Surowiecki makes complex human behavior and systems clear every week in The New Yorker. How does he do that?

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Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall, MU, doors open at 9:00 am
Free general admission ticket required. Overflow seating information

BILL NYE – He’s a man with a mission: to help people everywhere understand the science that makes our world work. Bill Nye makes science entertaining and accessible as America’s favorite “standup scientist.”

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Saturday, March 15, 2014, 12:30-5:00 pm 

Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall, MU
No tickets needed. Free online registration appreciated

CHRIS MOONEY – 12:30 - 1:15 pm  Mooney is a science journalist and author ofUnscientific America (with Kirshenbaum), The Repulbican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality, and New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science.

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DOMINIQUE BROSSARD – 1:20 - 2:10 pm  Professor and Chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Brossard studies strategic communication and public opinion in science and risk communication.

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LIZ NEELEY – 2:30 - 3:15 pm  Neeley, assistant director of Science Outreach for COMPASS, leads communications training for scientists, specializing in social media and multimedia outreach. She previously studied tropical fish evolution.

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BARBARA KLINE POPE – 3:20 - 4:05 pm  Executive Director for Communications for the National Academy of Sciences, she leads the Science & Entertainment Exchange, which connects top scientists with the entertainment industry for accurate science in film and TV programming. 

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RANDY OLSON- 4:10 - 5:00 pm A recovering marine biologist, Randy Olson is an independent filmmaker and author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist and Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking. Randy is a leading proponent of storytelling in science communication, about which he leads workshops for scientists. His films include “Flock of Dodos” and “Sizzle,” about evolution and climate change, respectively.

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