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A Shaker of Science

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A Shaker of Science is a pay-what-you-wish, interactive virtual happy hour where Academy scientists and staff can share their stories and adventures in a casual setting.

A Shaker of Science: Once a WINS, Always a WINS Thursday, March 25
5:30-6:30 p.m

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was founded in 1812, but it wasn’t until 1982 that one of the institution’s most important contributions occurred – the founding of the Women In Natural Sciences, or WINS, program. In the subsequent 39 years, hundreds of young Philadelphia women have benefited and grown through their participation in this unique program. Two of those women have come full circle and now teach and mentor current WINS students. Dominique Thomas (WINS Coordinator) and Betty Louis (Engineering WINS Project Coordinator), both WINS alumni, are now inspiring and challenging the newest class of WINS girls. Join us for this very special A Shaker of Science to meet Dominique and Betty and hear their experiences with the WINS program – from students to alumnae to mentors.

Double your impact! Make a $15 donation when you sign up for this program in support of WINS and have your gift matched.

In honor of our amazing, though under-21, WINS students, we are featuring a selection of (mostly) alcohol-free, scientist-recommended libations:

"Wine": Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider

Juiced from 100% U.S. grown apples, this crisp refreshing cider is the perfect way to celebrate the amazing women who mentor and inspire the WINS students.

(Root) Beer:Stewart’s Original Root Beer

Nothing quite hits the spot after a long hike at Hawk Mountain or PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center) like an ice-cold Stewart’s classic root beer.

Temperance Cocktail:The Ruth Patrick (black coffee)

Perhaps one of the most important and influential women of natural science was the Academy’s very own Ruth Patrick. Even as a centenarian, Dr. Patrick was well known for her devotion to the same lunch every day in the Academy Café, two hotdogs and a black coffee.

Cocktail:The Real Ruth Patrick

This is an easy one – add one splash of Baileys Original Irish Cream for every 150 mL/5 oz of coffee.

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Shaker of Science: What’s Bugging the Planet?
Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.

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Zoom; Pay-what-you-wish, suggested donation of $10–25 per person

What can a single dead bug tell you about climate change? Not much. However, if you put the 4 million specimens in the Academy’s Entomology Collection together — and our entomologists will be, well, pretty annoyed that you took out all the specimens and glued them together — a story of climate change may begin to emerge as you identify and organize them. Or you can save some time, grab a drink and come to this month’s A Shaker of Science to hear the story right from the Academy’s entomologists instead!

A Shaker of Science is a pay-what-you-wish, interactive virtual happy hour where Academy scientists and staff can share their stories and adventures in a casual setting.

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Science Suggested Libations:

Temperance Cocktail: Greg’s Bug Juice

Short on time? Commercial Bug Juice is now available. But for a real entomological experience, try Greg’s summer camp-tested recipe:

Mix a lemon-lime Kool-Aid drink packet with two quarts water and add sugar. Pour a 2/3 glass of lemon-lime Kool-Aid and mix the remaining third with your favorite lemonade. Garnish with gummy worms to taste.

Cocktail: Tanqueray and Tonic

A classically refreshing cocktail for after a long summer day in the field collecting insects.

Fill glass with ice. Pour 1.5 oz of Tanqueray London Dry Gin and 3 oz of tonic water over ice. Add lime slice.

Beer Yards Brewing Company, Loyal Lager

Aromatic Loral hops gives this lager a floral aroma that will send you buzzing from flower to flower.

Wine: Cuatro Rayas Tempranillo Rueda, La Seca, Spain

Bees, like the one depicted on the label, provide an unexpected service to help create your favorite vino. Generally, the grapes are wind pollinated, but surrounding vegetation that keeps the soil just right for the vines does require helpful bees for pollination.

About Academy Entomologist Greg Cowper:A scientist with grey hair and glasses with a white lab coat

Greg Cowper is an entomologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He and his colleagues take care of the 4 million insect specimens in the Academy’s Entomology Collection. He is particularly interested in the Hemiptera, the true bugs, and the Orthoptera, the grasshoppers, crickets and katydids. Greg returned from a grasshopper expedition to South Africa in March 2020 just as international travel was shut down in response to the Covid pandemic. He joined the Academy in 2007.