The Sisters Science Club

We are a community based organization that strives to enhance science, math, and health in the schools and community through seven main areas.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE STARS on the image to the right & explore the club's activities.

Founded January 2011, the club is comprised of approximately 350 members - but there is no clubhouse, administration, or required annual dues. Rather, the club works by the community bringing volunteers and financial support to enhance the good ideas of the school's science teachers.

The club enjoys close support from Kiwanis, Rotary, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Sisters Garden Club, Energyneering Solutions, Saint Charles Medical Center, Cascades East Area Health Education Center (CEAHEC) and has been awarded grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Most importantly, numerous individuals see value in these programs and provide financial support through the Sisters School Foundation, a 501c3 organization. If you would like to join this effort, click here to reach our president!

The 2019 SciArt Contest top entries are shown in the movie below. As you can tell, we have some very talented students!

We also had a very successful science fair this year, where perhaps the biggest draw was the growing astronomy program at the high school. Instructor Rima Givot was instrumental in this as well as in obtaining another NSF grant for watching the night sky and engaging students in the RECON program ... helping characterize the Kuiper Belt that lies between Neptune and the dwarf planet Pluto. Stay Tuned!.

And in case you missed September's Frontiers in Science talk at the Belfry by Dr. Richard Spinrad, the event was captured by one of our members, Don Utzinger, and is presented below.

Not all the news is good however.

"Doing science" sometimes has costs beyond direct research expenses. Click on the picture to learn about what can happen when the science is unpopular with the government.

The second presentation of the 2019-20 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters will be offered on October 22nd at The Belfry ... and will be about how and why biodiversity, especially in the insect world, is important to us all.

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What do you do know about the "insect apocalypse?" If this is a new term in your world, watch the video below so see some of the ramifications of this ongoing phenemona.

Some scientists think that parts of our diverse insect biome could be done away with completely, while others think that this isn't such a good idea. Play the video below to examine the argument as it relates to one of the worst pests mankind has to suffer ... the mosquito.

Can biodiversity co-exist with modern farming practices ... practices that generally depend on mono-culture crops? View the video below to see how one farm in Great Britain manages.

And if you are still wondering what all this fuss about climate change, check out the video below.

Although The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy suggests that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is "42," Dr. Jerry Freilich's answer might be alphabetical rather than numerical: It's "B" for biodiversity. Also "B" for the birds. And the bees.
     Dr. Freilich was chief of research at Olympic National Park as two dams on the Elwha River were taken down in the largest dam removal project in the world. His 25 years with the National Park Service taught him that most people have no clue about the biodiversity that surrounds them.
     "Each of us can name a few mammals, a number of birds, and perhaps the names of some insect orders (mayflies, dragonflies, beetles, etc.) but little more," Dr. Freilich observes.
     "This is partly because of steadily increasing urbanization …. partly because our lives are so specialized … and partly because society has not seemed to value natural history. Perhaps our ignorance is understandable," he acknowledges, "but this is a perilous ignorance."
     If the question is how to sustain human life in our universe, biodiversity may be an important part of the answer. A central concept here is "ecosystem services," those benefits that we get from properly functioning natural systems that provide food, energy and other necessary ingredients for human life.
     "Our lives utterly depend on ecosystem services," Dr. Freilich says, "and yet we are ignorant of the biodiversity that sustains us."
     This is where the bees come in. Did you know North America is home to nearly 4,000 species of native bees? What part do bees play in the provision of ecosystem services? We will explore this microcosm of the bioverse as a way to expand our understanding of the natural world–and we will get to do it through 3-D glasses with Dr. Freilich's entertaining and always educational presentation. Don't miss this!

And, if you think that this problem is somehow getting better, this video may explain how and why it isn't ... and why we need to do something different than we are doing now.

 

The video below outlines some of the competing interests for the natural world and its resources, and provides a hopeful look ... at least from the Australian point of view.

The presentation is bound to be fascinating, and I suspect we will all, once again,come away knowing a lot more than when we entered The Belfry. General Admission: $5.00. Teachers and Students are free. Social hour begins at 6, and the lecture starts at 7. See you there!