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STEAMpunk – Fernando Altamirano, Horticulturalist, Saturday, July 21, 11:45 AM

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “STEAMpunk – Fernando Altamirano” Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:45am. The program is free and open to the public.

Fernando Altamirano, founded and directed the National Medical Institute of Mexico and was a physician, naturalist, and botanist during the 19th century. He studied medicinal and industrial uses of Mexican plants. Participants will examine plant properties and explore the many uses of local plants from fabrication to food source.

“STEAMpunk” is offered monthly, highlighting the work of an historic scientist through hands on exploration. The content and activities are intended for ages 7-12.

The museum is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

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Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome forum, Saturday, July 14, 1 PM

The Museum of Nature & Science will host a community forum, “Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome,” Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 1pm-3pm. The program is free and suggested for ages 16 and older. Registration is not required but RSVPs are requested. To RSVP please call the Museum of Nature and Science at 575-522-3120 or visit the Facebook Event.

As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. In this forum, participants have a chance to discuss the future of human genome editing and important concerns for society to address, such as the connections and distinctions between therapies and enhancements, issues of equity and access, and the potential impacts of making heritable changes to the human genome.

Building with Biology events provide a special opportunity for scientists and the public to interact directly and to learn from each other.  These conversations encourage public audiences to share ideas and opinions about how they want to see these new technologies developed and adopted. And scientists, too, have the chance to listen to those views, share their own ideas, and to consider ways public comments can affect their research.

Dr. Luis Campos and Dr. Cédric Cleyrat will open the forum with an introduction and discussion of the key processes, principles, and implications of genome editing. Participants will break into groups to discuss hypothetical case studies and share their opinions, concerns, and ideas on these new medical technologies.

Dr. Luis Campos has been the historian of science and Senior Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at University of New Mexico since 2012. His research connects historical discoveries with modern research in the area of genetics and society.

Dr. Cédric Cleyrat is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Genome Editing Consultant at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. He provides expertise in genome editing technologies and creates cellular models for cancer drug research.

The Building with Biology project is funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Museum of Science, Boston.

Admission to the Museum of Nature and Science is free. The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, call 575.522.3120.

Member Forum with the Greater Las Cruces League of Women Voters

The Greater Las Cruces League of Women Voters will present a member forum focused on mental health issues and Doña Ana County on Wednesday, July 18, at 7pm in the Branigan Cultural Center. A display on the 50-year history of the Greater Las Cruces League of Women Voters is on view in the Branigan Cultural Center through August 25, 2018. The display highlights the Las Cruces chapter’s mission, its positions, and its advocacy from its founding through its current activities.

The Greater Las Cruces League of Women Voters: Celebrating 50 Years of Service Exhibit

A display on the 50-year history of the Greater Las Cruces League of Women Voters is on view in the Branigan Cultural Center through August 25, 2018. The display highlights the Las Cruces chapter’s mission, its positions, and its advocacy from its founding through its current activities. A member forum focused on mental health issues and Doña Ana County will be held in conjunction with the exhibit on Wednesday, July 18, at 7pm in the Branigan Cultural Center.

LWVThe League of Women Voters is a national, nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The Las Cruces chapter’s voter services include voter registration, candidate forums, and voters guide publications, with the mission of ensuring that all eligible voters have unbiased, nonpartisan information when exercising their important right to vote.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm, and Wednesdays from 10am to 8pm in June, July, and August. For additional information, call 575-541-2154.

Reading Art Book Club meets Wednesday, July 11, 2:30pm

The Reading Art Book Club meets next on Wednesday, July 11, at 2:30pm in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. This month’s selection is “Photography: The 50 Most Influential Photographers of All Time” (Icons of Culture) by Chris Dickie.

This book presents the ideas and images of 50 of the most influential photographers in history and chronicles 10 of the most significant trends and developments in the field of photography. From portraiture to fashion, and from photojournalism to gallery art, the reader is introduced to the inspirational forces that have shaped the way in which the world views itself and offers a clear, concise understanding of the evolution of one of humankind’s most versatile and revealing art forms.

The Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public; join us even if you haven’t read the book! For more information or for details on book selections, contact Bryan Lee, Museum Curator of Education, at 575-541-2217 or blee@las-cruces.org.

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm.

Science Trivia Night, July 11, 5:30 PM

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “Science Trivia Night” Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:30pm-7pm. The program is free and open to the public.

Science enthusiasts of all ages are invited to participate in a friendly trivia competition at the museum. Bring a team, compete as an individual, or make new friends and form a team on the spot. Questions may include topics from all fields of study.

The museum is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.

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1st Friday Art Ramble Tonight!

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