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May 14, 2012

Benjamin H. Smith: Student, Soldier, Surveyor, Scientist. Presented by Kathy Hornberger, PhD, Widener Univ. Please join DCIS for a birthday celebration of Benjamin H. Smith, former member of the Institute and second son of Dr. George Smith, one of our founders and our first president. Presentation of research conducted over the past two years will chronicle important contributions B.H. Smith made to his country and to his local community. Statements from his personal diary, as well as obituaries written by […]

Apr 9, 2012

Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Presented by William Pepper, Brandywine Photo Collective. The Galapagos Islands are a photographer’s paradise. Most of the indigenous wildlife has not evolved a fear of humans and can, therefore, be approached and recorded while pursuing normal lifestyle behaviors. Bill Pepper will present highlights of a two-week tour of the Islands during October 2010. Share: Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend

Mar 12, 2012

The Color of Water: Mixing Art and Science. Presented by Vivian Williams, Stroud Water Research. Multimedia art is a wonderful vehicle for documenting environmental observations and tapping into non-traditional learning styles. Showcased will be various techniques for studying stream systems and natural history as well as assessing student understanding, using activities from Stroud Water Research Center’s art-science series. The act of scientific communication via data is informative; artistic communication can be transformative. Share: Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet […]

Feb 13, 2012

Bugs in Our Gut. Presented by Frederic Bushman, PhD, Univ. of Penna. This lecture will deal with microbes that live in association with the human body and how they influence health and disease. There are far more bacterial cells living in association with the human body than human cells making up the body. One scientist observed that “there are more of them in us than us!!” Discussed will be many of these organisms, how they contribute to the proper function […]

Jan 9, 2012

Middletown Township at 325. Prsented by Mary Anne Eves of the Middletown Township Historical Society. Mary Ann will share photos and stories of life in Middletown Township over the past 150 years. Her information comes from analysis of Henry Pearson’s 1985 photographic history and new information acquired during compilation of the Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Share: Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend

Dec 12, 2011

Seeing the Forest for the Fossil Trees: Discovering a 365 Million –Year – Old Landscape in Pennsylvania. Dr. Walt Cressler will discuss his paleobotanical research reconstructing the ancient world using fossils and other evidence from the rocks. The landscap einto which the earliest four-footed creatures emerged is finally revealed. The origin of trees, forests, seeds, and wildfires will be discussed. These discoveries are from the famous Red Hill locality in north-central PA, one of the best places in the world […]

Nov 14, 2011

124th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Michael Ludwig of Penncrest High School will discuss this Civil War unit that was recruited in Delaware and Chester Counties in 1862 for nine months’ service. Company D was formed right here in Media, assembling at the Charter House Hotel and being sworn in at the Courthouse. The unit participated in the battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville and a monument stands on the Antietam historic site today. Share: Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it […]

Oct 10, 2011

Cannabis Hemp – Devil Weed or Munificent Agricultural. Wm. H. Evans, cultural, economic and political scholar, presents the story of the humble cannabis hemp plant: its contribution to mankind as a versatile raw material, its place in PA and American history, its use as parchment for printing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the controversy surrounding its current illegality by the US government, and the myth of its capacity as a recreational drug, which prevents the exploitation of its many […]

May 9, 2011

The DCIS Connection to the Hayden Expeditions. Presented by J. Roger Mitchell, curator of Mineralogy, and Dr. Kathy Hornberger, curator of Botany. After the Civil War, geologist Ferdinannd Hayden led explorations for the government to the Western Territories. Dr. George Smith, his Son Benjamin Smith and William Canby were DCIS members Participating. Specimens brought back then, including plans from Wyoming and Colorado are in DCIS collections today. Share: Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later […]