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World of Science: Nature, Nurture

Fri, Oct 06, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"Nature, Nurture" to open fall World of Science talks 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will open its fall 2017 "World of Science" lecture series with a presentation by community college students who took part in a new science research program. 

Their talk, "Nature and Nurture: Examining How Diverse Organisms Adapt to Changes in Their Everyday Environment," takes place Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the planetarium. Admission is $2 at the door. Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium will be admitted free of charge. 
The student presenters will discuss their recent participation in a 10-week summer biological research program called PRECS or "Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students." Funded through a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, PRECS features a boot camp at Parkland College that prepares participants for the research immersion portion at the University of Illinois, where students join a lab and conduct research within a mentored environment.

PRECS is open to all US community college students who meet eligibility criteria. In its first year, PRECS received 40 applications from five different states. The 10 participants chosen included three Parkland College students. 
On October 6, Parkland students Emma Gray and Allison Kelley and Rend Lake College student Kayla Kulinski will provide brief presentations. Gray will speak on "IVD Formation in Monodelphis domestica." Her research focused on molecular mechanisms involving the development of discs found between vertebra in the spine. Kelley will discuss "You Are What You Eat: Food-Drug Interaction in Honey Bees (Apis Mellifera)." She studied how exposure to combinations of plant-produced and man-made chemicals impact the lifespan of honey bees. Kulinski will address "Sperm-mediated Effects of Predation Stress on Reproduction in Male Three-spined Sticklebacks." She examined how life experiences of a parent impact the offspring of the parent, even if the parent is not involved in the rearing of the offspring.  
Following the student talks, the planetarium will present Odyssey, a re-adaptation of the very first show that appeared on the planetarium dome. This is part of the Staerkel Planetarium's 30th anniversary celebration. Tickets for regular planetarium programs range from $5 to $6 with all tickets being sold at the door. For a full schedule, see www.parkland.edu/planetarium or call 217/351-2446.  

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