Hot Science Cool Talks

Hot Science – Cool Talks brings leading scientists and their research to you! They are much more than just lectures, featuring engaging activities for multiple age groups and professional development opportunities for teachers.  Learn more…

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 3, 2017

hayhoe-bio-photo_360x480_acf_croppedClimate and Faith, Money and Politics:
Can We Build a Sustainable Future?

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Climate scientist, author and award-winning communicator
Paramount Theatre


What risks does climate change pose to Texas? Is a safe and sustainable future possible, given our energy and economic interests, and widespread political rejection of these risks? And why are evangelicals so opposed to accepting the science of climate change? Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and an award-winning communicator. For more information and to buy your tickets, click here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Solving a 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery:
How Lucy Died

Dr. John Kappelman
Anthropology and Geological Sciences Professor, UT Austin
UT Campus


Lucy, a fossil more than 3.2 million years old, is among the oldest, most complete skeletons of any adult, erect-walking human ancestor. Dr. Kappelman shares the fascinating story of how one of the oldest cold cases in the world was solved. This event is free but registration is required. Registration will be available in early March. Click here for additional details.

Friday, April 28, 2017

107_Presenter JhaWhat’s the Buzz? Amazing Bees

Dr. Shalene Jha
Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, UT Austin
UT Campus


Bees are one of the hardest working insects on the planet. The 20,000 bee species in the world are key to the pollination of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of crops including coffee and chocolate. But many bee species are at the brink of extinction due to human activities. Join Dr. Shalene Jha as she discusses her research on bee populations and shares the secrets of their amazing world. This event is free but registration is required. Registration will be available in early April.

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