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Recent Discoveries In Paleoindian Research In New Hampshire, Saturday, January 23

Teale Lecture: Of Mice and Men—Emerging Infectious Diseases, Thursday, February 4
Community Event: Connecticut Kids Fair, Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7
Archaeology On Location—Interpreting the Clues, Saturday, February 13
Community Event: CT Flower & Garden Show, Thursday - Sunday, February 18 – 21
Animal Tracking, Saturday, February 27

Teale Lecture: Comedy, Economics, and Climate Change, Thursday, March 3
Look Up! It’s the Winter Milky Way! Friday, March 11
Forensic Science for Kids, Saturday, March 19

Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Wethersfield! Saturday, April 2
Sounds of the Citizens: Dancehall and Community in Jamaica, Saturday, April 9
The Paleoindian Period in Connecticut, Sunday, April 17
Teale Lecture: Opportunities & Challenges of Shale Gas Production, Thursday, April 21
Day Trip: New England Aquarium & Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Saturday, April 30

Special Event: Recent Discoveries In Paleoindian Research In New Hampshire
Dr. Richard Boisvert, New Hampshire State Archaeologist
Saturday, January 23, 2 pm – Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 
$10 general admission; $5 for students with ID. Current FOSA, ASC, Museum of Natural History members admitted free with ID. Snow date is Sunday, January 24, 2pm

In recent years archaeological investigations on a suite of Paleoindian sites in Northern New Hampshire have brought to light new and significant data regarding Paleoindian adaptations to the extreme climate at the end of the Pleistocene. Avocational and professional archaeologists from across the region have participated in this long-term research through the New Hampshire State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP). The presentation will highlight the efforts of these volunteers and the contributions they have made to our understanding of this pioneer period.

Dr. Boisvert has been New Hampshire’s State Archaeologist since 2002 and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer with New Hampshire State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) since 2013. He served as chief of Review and Compliance from 1983 through 1987 for the Ohio SHPO before coming to work as the Coordinator of SCRAP at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. He earned his BA at Beloit College in Wisconsin, and his MA and PhD at the University of Kentucky. His research has focused on lithic technology, Paleoindians of New England, and Public Archaeology.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, and the Archaeological Society of Connecticut.

Teale Lecture: Of Mice and Men—
Emerging Infectious Disease in a Warmer, More Fragmented World

Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Thursday, February 4, 4 pm–Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn

We live in an age of emerging infectious diseases. Most of these diseases are transmitted from wildlife to humans, but scientists are only beginning to understand the ecological causes of disease emergence in the 21st Century. In this talk, Dr. Ostfeld will describe the ecology of three emerging tick-borne diseases in the northeastern United States, most prominently Lyme disease. He will show how small mammals, such as white-footed mice, are instrumental in fostering both blacklegged ticks and the pathogens they transmit. More than 20 years of ecological research in Dr. Ostfeld’s lab reveal how anthropogenic environmental changes, such as reduced biodiversity and global warming, affect our risk of exposure to infectious diseases both locally and globally. The presentation will demonstrate the importance of ecology as a health science.

Community Event: Connecticut Kids Fair
Saturday, February 6 & Sunday, February 7– Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Visit the Museum and Archaeology Center’s booth at the Connecticut Kids Fair to learn something new about our natural and cultural history! The fair will have many hands-on family activities and educational exhibits. You will find fun, entertainment, displays, and more at the Connecticut Kids Fair. For information and directions visit:

Kids Activity: Archaeology On Location—Interpreting the Clues
Heather Alexson, Outreach Chairperson, Friends of the Office of State Archaeology
Saturday, February 13, 10 am to 11:30 am
– Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for Members & Donors) Children ages 8-12

Archaeologists dig for clues, but each artifact tells only a part of the story. Learn how to interpret the different types of clues found on a mock archaeology site. We will put our critical thinking skills to use through inductive reasoning, hypothesizing, and evaluation to uncover the truth and the story of our ‘site’. This is a dirt-free classroom activity.

Community Event: Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Thursday, February 18 – Sunday, February 21 – Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
Escape the winter elements and explore over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, and accessories. Visit the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History’s Ethnobotany exhibit in the Federated Garden Club’s section of the show. The Federated Garden Club section will feature a design and horticulture competition, demonstrations, and educational displays. For information and directions visit the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show at

Animal Tracking
Paula Coughlin, Science Educator
Saturday, February 27, 10 am to 12 noon - Pomfret, CT
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Members & Donors) Adults and
children ages 5+

Many wild animals are active throughout winter. When the ground is soft or covered in snow, it’s not uncommon to find the tracks of various animals that have been out and about. These tracks can let us know what animals can be found in a particular habitat, as well as hint to some of their activities. From small birds and rodents, to larger animals like bobcats, deer, and bear, these unique tracks tell a story of native wildlife activity. Join naturalist and science educator, Paula Coughlin, to search for tracks and signs of winter animals and learn some basic tracking skills. Dress for the weather including appropriate footwear for moderate hiking in the snow or mud.

Teale Lecture: Comedy, Economics, and Climate Change

Dr. Yoram Bauman, Author, Stand-Up Eonomist, and Carbon Tax ActivistThursday, March 3, 4 pm – Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn

Dr. Bauman is an environmental economist and “stand-up economist” who co-authored Tax Shift with Alan Durning of Sightline Institute, which helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. He also co-authored The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics with Grady Klein. His talk will blend jokes about economics and politics with news from the carbon pricing front, especially the revenue-neutral carbon tax campaign that is heading for the ballot in Washington State.

Field Activity: Look Up! It’s the Winter Milky Way!
Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Physics, UConn
Friday, March 11, 7 pm – UConn Storrs. Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members)

Explore winters’s night sky during this visit to UConn’s historic planetarium. Learn how to identify the stars, planets, and other celestial objects. Astronomy Professor Dr. Cynthia Peterson will offer a general orientation to the constellations, planets, and special celestial objects visible in the night sky using binoculars following a brief discussion of recent NASA results. Weather and time permitting, the session will conclude with an Observatory trip to use binoculars and telescopes to observe the winter sky.

Forensic Science for Kids
Lisa Ragaza, Forensic Science Examiner 1,
CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
Saturday, March 19, 10 am to 12 noon – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Members & Donors)

Do you enjoy crime stories and using your deductive reasoning skills to solve the mystery as the clues are slowly uncovered? Join Forensic Science Examiner Lisa Ragaza and learn how to solve crimes like a forensic scientist! Discover the techniques and tools used by forensic scientists to look for and decipher clues found at crime scenes. Using microscopes, fingerprints, hairs and fibers, perhaps you have what it takes to help investigators determine who-done-it!

Special Series: Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Wethersfield!
Wethersfield Historical Society
Saturday, April 2, 10 am to 11 am – Wethersfield, CT
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Members & Donors)

Founded in 1634 by John Oldham and a small band of traders, Whethersfield is arguably the oldest town in Connecticut. While visiting Wethersfield in 1774, John Adams wrote in his diary, “There’s not another street in America as this one in Wethersfield.” Discover Wethersfield’s history from the time the Wongunk Indians lived here through the early 1800s. Discover the people and events that give Wethersfield its wonderful history while exploring its historic district. The tour will conclude with admittance to the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.

Sounds of the Citizens: Dancehall and Community in Jamaica
Dr. Anne Galvin, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. John’s University
Saturday, April 9, 1 pm – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

Jamaican Dancehall is simultaneously a source of raucous energy in the streets of Kingston, a way of life for professional artists and musicians, and a force of stability and tension within the community. Dancehall music and culture forms a core of popular entertainment in Jamaica, and reverberates in complicated ways throughout the lives of countless Jamaicans. As the role of the state in supporting communities has diminished, the rise of private efforts such as dancehall has become crucial. However, the Dancehall industry often intersects with neighborhood life in complex and contradictory ways.

There will be copies of Dr. Gavin’s book, Sound of the Citizens: Dancehall and Community in Jamaica, available for signing.

The Paleoindian Period in Connecticut
Zachary Singer, Department of Anthropology, UConn
Sunday, April 17, 1 pm – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

Paleoindians are the first peoples who entered and inhabited the Americas during the final glacial period of the late Pleistocene around 13,000 years ago. Several Paleoindian sites have been studied in Connecticut, offering clues about possible Paleoindian lifeways in Southern New England. Join Zachary Singer, doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and a research associate for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and learn about his research on Paleoindian lifeways in Southern New England.

Teale Lecture: Opportunities and Challenges of Shale Gas Production
Dr. Mark Zoback, Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative
Thursday, April 21, 4 pm – Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn

The proven ability to produce large quantities of natural gas from organic-rich shale formations is changing the energy picture in many parts of the world. Dr. Mark Zoback will discuss steps that can be taken to assure such resources are developed in an optimally efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Responsible development of shale gas resources has the potential to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the near term and significantly reduce air pollution and benefit public health. Dr. Zoback will also discuss several on-going research projects investigating the wide variety of factors affecting the successful gas production from these extremely low permeability formations and procedures for managing the risks of earthquakes triggered by injection of hydraulic fracturing waste water.

New England Aquarium & Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Saturday, April 30 – Departing from UConn Storrs Campus
Advance registration required: Bus Fee $50 ($40 for Members and Donors). All ages welcome.

Explore Boston’s New England Aquarium, a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium has completed a renovation of its main building and a top-to-bottom transformation of its iconic 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank. Exhibits also include the Amazon Rainforest, Atlantic Harbor Seals, Blue Planet Center, Coral Reef Center, Marine Mammal Center, Penguins, the Shark and Ray Touch Tank, and IMAX Theater.

A short walk from the aquarium you will find the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Explore unique, locally loved, and nationally recognized retail shops. Check out the world-famous Quincy Market and experience different foods from across the globe at the restaurants, pubs, and booths. Enjoy the street performers and musicians as you stroll along the cobblestone walkways.

The bus will leave Storrs at 8 am. The bus will depart Boston for UConn at 5 pm. Please arrive and be prepared to board the bus prior to departure times. Admission to the aquarium is not included and should be paid at the door or online. For a preview, and prices for admission packages, visit the New England Aquarium website To find out about Quincy Market shopping, dining, street theater, and other events, visit