Linda Hall Library Announces June 2020 Line-Up of New, Expanded Livestream Programs to Shine Light on the Power of Science

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- As scientists around the globe carry the torch of discovery, the Linda Hall Library, is shining the light on the power of science to change the world with its new, expanded -- and FREE -- line-up of June livestream programs.

The online programs are hosted via Zoom. Registration will be required. To register, visit Linda Hall Library's "Upcoming Events" page. The programs will also livestream on the Library's Facebook page. Linda Hall Library programs are supported by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

June 2 (Tues), 4 - 5 pm CDT

The Race to End the Pandemic -- COVID-19 Vaccine Trials in Kansas City
The race is on to create a COVID-19 vaccine, and a medical research lab in Kansas City has become ground zero for coronavirus vaccination testing. Join Dr. Laurent Humeau, Chief Scientific Officer at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, and Dr. John Ervin, President and Principal Investigator at the Center for Pharmaceutical Research, for an insider's look at the COVID-19 vaccine trials underway that could end the pandemic and save countless lives. Results of the trials are expected later this summer.

June 5 (Fri), 1 pm - 2 pm CDT AND June 12 (Fri), 1 pm - 2 pm CDT

The Royal Astronomical Society and Linda Hall Library: Overlapping Collections Across the Atlantic
Join us for sessions 3 & 4 of our special partner series that will take you from Kansas City's Linda Hall Library across the Atlantic to the Royal Astronomical Society to explore connections between the two institutions' astronomy collections. The livestream conversation will be hosted by the Linda Hall Library's VP for Special Collections, Jason W. Dean, and the Royal Astronomical Society's Librarian and Archivist, Sian Prosser.

June 5 (Fri), 1 pm - 2 pm CDT
Session 3: Different Objectives: Archival collections at the Royal Astronomical Society that led to printed works at the Linda Hall Library

June 12 (Fri), 1 pm - 2 pm CDT
Session 4: A Chance Encounter: The Pechell family and their interest in the stars

PARTNER PROGRAM (in partnership with Sigma Xi Kansas City)
June 8 (Mon), 7 - 8 pm CDT

Rendering the Invisible Visible: Student Success in Exclusive Excellence STEM Environments
Despite efforts to diversify the academic pipeline, persistence of underrepresented African American, Latinx, and Native American/Pacific Islander students in STEM undergraduate & PhD programs continues to be a challenge. Dr. Robbin Chapman, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard Kennedy School, will talk about the pivotal, and often invisible roles, academic institutions play in contributing to inequitable outcomes and how faculty may ensure equitable experiences for these students to thrive.

June 13 (Sat), 11 am - Noon CDT

Reintegrating Animals on the Farm: Preserving the Future of Humanity through Integrated Cropping Systems
Can science help us learn how to increase food production while also caring for the planet with sustainable agricultural practices? The answer is yes! Dan Krull, Farm Manager at Westport Commons Farm and Volunteer Coordinator for Cultivate KC, will talk about how integrated crop-livestock systems not only increase food production, but also provide dramatic benefits for the soil and environment.

SCIENCE MATTERS LUNCH & LEARN (co-sponsored with Kansas City Public Library)
June 17 (Wed), Noon - 1 pm CDT

Tools for Thinking about Risk During the Pandemic
Using one of the universe's most complex systems -- the human brain -- each of us makes tens of thousands of decisions every day. During a time of heightened risk and sometimes overwhelming information, such as the current pandemic, that decision-making process is pushed to extremes. Dr. Tim Pleskac, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas, will present what we know about the psychology of decision making and what that can tell us about how people think about and perceive risk in the current pandemic.

June 26 (Fri), 2 - 3 pm CDT

How Do I Become a Meteorologist?
Are you a junior high or high school student fascinated by weather and curious to know what it takes to become a meteorologist? Join us for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from FOX4 Kansas City meteorologist Alex Countee. During this livestream interactive program, students are encouraged to ask questions about coursework, internships, college programs, and anything else about the study of weather! Parents, teachers, and mentors are also welcome to participate.

Online programs are free and hosted via Zoom. Registration will be required. To register, visit Linda Hall Library's "Upcoming Events" page. The programs will also livestream on the Library's Facebook page. If you have questions about accessing online programs, please contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 or via email at

As a world-renowned research library, we are dedicated to science, engineering and technology - and the critical role science plays in our lives. We take pride in preserving the past (our collection includes rare books from Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Marie Curie, among others) while offering enlightening science programs and resources that offer a beacon to the future. To learn more, visit

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