COSEE Florida, Nerd Nite Miami, and the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival have come together to bring the nerd to another level. Get your science fiction questions answered by a panel of science and film industry experts as they explore The Science Behind Science Fiction!
Complimentary appetizers will also be provided.
To learn more about these FREE events offered by COSEE Florida, feel free to contact Ta-Shana Taylor at taylor.tashana [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please register for the event at bit.ly/ScienceSciFi
Virginia Key has a rich history, culturally and ecologically. To celebrate this history and encourage stewardship, COSEE Florida teamed with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) and HistoryMiami for a Green Drinks event. Under the light of the full moon in the courtyard of the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza, expert panelists ranging from historians and artists to ecologists and restoration biologists told the story of Virginia Key.
Panelists shared history of Virginia Key dating back to the Seminole and Tequesta Indians and a time when the coastal morphology actually connected it to Miami Beach. Virginia Key was also once Miami’s “Colored Beach.” But even during segregation, Virginia Key was unique. It housed the Virginia Key Beach Park, a beach park that had all the amenities a “White Beach” would have; it was a rare example of the concept of separate but equal.
Today Virginia Key is still an example of the power of community. Programs like MUVE are coordinating local volunteers to restore the dune habitat back to its original glory. FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is using mangrove propagules as bio-indicators of pollution. Miami Dade County has plans to cap and manage a historic landfill in order to create a central park in Virginia Key. The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust is working to maintain the historic beach park so that it can be enjoyed for years to come.
With so many community partners working to restore and conserve Virginia Key, it will continue being a place everyone can enjoy.
If you weren’t able to make it out to this event and want to find out what was discussed, check out the storified twitter-convo!
If you’d like more information on the ecological restoration of Virginia Key follow MUVE on Twitter @MUVEmiami, on Instagram @MUVEmiami, or on Facebook at MUVE.
If you’d like more information on the history of Virginia Key and Miami, follow HistoryMiami on Twitter @HistoryMiami, on Instagram @HistoryMiami, or on Facebook at HistoryMiami.
If you’d like more information on the rich cultural history of Virginia Key, visit the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.
For more science café events in Miami, follow COSEE Florida on Twitter @COSEEFlorida, on Instagram @COSEEFlorida, or on Facebook at COSEE Florida. Or search #COSEEMIA on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
Stay tuned for details on the next COSEE Florida #COSEEMIA science café “The Science Behind Science Fiction” December 10th, 2014 at Open Stage Club in Coral Gables.
What is the latest discovery in your ocean science research?
COSEE Florida is inviting scientists of all career stages to participate in the new Water as Habitat Video Series that brings ocean research to virtual audiences. Your latest research will be featured in one of the Water as Habitat's 15 episodes and displayed on COSEE Florida's website and social media.
Would you like assistance producing a short 2-3 minute creative video that captures your ocean literacy research?
It gets better because you don't have to do this alone! Your episode will be produced in collaboration with COSEE Florida's Digital Media Specialist at no cost to you! The dynamic partnership will include learning the production skills necessary to bring your ocean research to life through an engaging video. Some of the many benefits include a 1-day on-location filming, the development of a creative storyboard to frame your research, review of your video before it's featured on COSEE Florida's website and social media, while learning how to capture your research effectively through video.
This is a fantastic opportunity for scientists to create a defining video using your ocean research, while connecting its impact to an increasing virtual audience through COSEE Florida's Water as Habitat Video Series.
For more information or to participate, please contact Ashley Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January 2015, COSEE Florida will be adding a new Video Storytelling Boot Camp to the Presentation Boot Camp family of professional development workshops. The 3-day workshop will introduce participants to the power of video as a communication tool and will provide hands-on training in producing videos that engage, motivate, and inspire audiences. Participants will be guided by expert instructors through all aspects of video planning and production. Topics will include basic and advanced storytelling techniques, storyboarding, camera work, audio recording, and post-production compression and distribution. For more information, contact Rick Tankersley at email@example.com.
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