Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures

Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Program Information

Time: First Tuesday of each month, 12-1pm

Location: BRIT Commons

Cost: Free, Open to the Public

Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Upcoming Events

The perils of pecan production: fighting the fungal, furry and feathered

Nikki Charlton & Will Moseley, Noble Research Institute

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Pecans are the only native nut commercially produced in the United States and are an important crop in the Southern Great Plains. It can be a lucrative enterprise for producers and their popularity as a healthy food is growing rapidly. However, producing a crop comes with risks. Some of those risks come in the form of a disease called pecan scab, caused by the fungus Venturia effusa, as well as wildlife species such as squirrels, crows and feral hogs. Researchers at Noble Research Institute, LLC are learning more about these pests so they can work with producers to reduce their loss of production and produce a safe crop for human consumption. Learn about the current research being conducted and how producers are combatting these pests to increase yield and profitability.

Rare and federally-petitioned plants of Texas

Anna Strong, Texas Parks & Wildlife

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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has initiated status reviews for a dozen rare Texas plant species, which were petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act. For these species to be accurately reviewed for listing status, scientific data must be available and up to date. One of the most reliable sources of information for Texas rare species is the Texas Natural Diversity Database (TXNDD), which is maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This presentation will discuss efforts to assist the TXNDD and USFWS in determining the listing status for the one dozen petitioned plants. For each species, a status report was completed to provide comprehensive species information, including population information, threats, and conservation efforts. Site visits to update population information are ongoing, but have been conducted for as many species and populations as possible.

anna strong

 

Meet the Researchers

BRIT Researchers

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What makes the BRIT Researchers tick? How did they develop an interest in botany, and how did they end up here? Find out at this very special presentation! Members of the BRIT Research staff will give a series of five-minute "lightning talks" about how they got started in science and what their current job entails. There will be time for questions and answers after, and our special exhibit will be open to view: "BRIT Collections: The Hidden Gardens of BRIT."

Monitoring bat in Fort Worth through outreach

Victoria Bennett, Texas Christian University

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North American bats are subject to a number of potentially serious threats including emerging diseases and land-use change; however, there is great uncertainty as to whether such threats are detrimental to bat populations. Unlike birds, bats are cryptic, nocturnal, and produce vocalizations above human audible levels (ultrasonic). However, with ultrasonic detectors we can conduct surveys that allow us to record species-specific bat activity levels (an indicator of abundance) and activity patterns, such as migration. In turn, we can gain much needed insights into the population dynamics and stability of bats. Thus in 2013, we established the TCU Bat Outreach Program established in 2013, which not only raises public awareness for bats, but is the first long-term, citizen science-driven study to monitor bat populations in Texas, and potentially the United States. To date the TCU Bat Outreach Program involving K12 students has shown that urban parks can represent quality habitat for bats and essential migratory stopover sites.  This data has given us a better understanding of whether we can enhance and use urban refuges to benefit bat populations and this may be crucial to their conservation.

transect route
Transect route at BRIT/FWBG.

 

Green Revolution

Reggie Robinson, Jared Williams, and the GR Agents of Change

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Green Revolution is an ESTEM (Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering, and math) and positive youth-development program that provides environmental education experiences that sustain the natural curiosity of youth.

Click here to learn more about the Green Revolution program.

Pura Vida – Thinking Locally, Connecting Globally

BRIT Education

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

Acquiring an Orphaned Collection: The University of Louisiana Monroe Herbarium

BRIT Research

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The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars. 

BRIT Research Botanist

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A lecture from our newest BRIT Research Botanist. Expected start date July 2018. Topic to be decided.

Past Events