After a short break for the holidays, ACER’s Education and Outreach Team took the month of January to plan for the upcoming year and we have some exciting events planned that we wanted to share. One of ACER’s missions is to provide outreach informing and educating the public about the current research of our scientists. Toward that mission, the E & O team will be hosting a variety of programs in a casual setting with the goal of communicating and translating ACER science in a straightforward and fun manner.
Pairing up with the University of South Alabama’s Archaeology Museum and their Science Café series, ACER scientists sit and chat with the public about their research. Events are held every month at Moe’s Original BBQ in downtown Mobile and are open to everyone. The event lasts as long as the conversation does (usually about an hour). The next ACER Science Café will be held on March 14 and features ACER’s Dr. Kelly Dorgan speaking on Marine worms: the engineers of the seafloor. On May 17th, we switch venues and partners and will be sharing ACER Science at the Alchemy Tavern with the Alabama Coastal Foundation and the Mobile Green Drinks* outreach program. *Due to the venue, Green Drinks events are limited to those over 21 years of age.
ACER has also paired up with the DISL Estuarium to engage visitors with their Boardwalk Talk series. Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11:15am, on the outside deck of the Estuarium. Talks are given by ACER graduate students, post docs, technicians and researchers. The first ACER Boardwalk Talk of 2017 will be held on February 15 and will feature Post-doctoral Research Associate Corinne Tatariw.
Also coming up in April, ACER’s lead institution and home, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, will host it’s annual open house, Discovery Day. On April 8th, several of the ACER research labs will be open for touring and informal Q&A events. ACER will also be hosting an exhibit at the Estuarium which will be offering reduced admission as part of the celebration.