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March's Teen Science Cafe

posted Friday February 7, 2014

New research on animal movement is revealing how the amazing coordinated movements of animal groups, such as schools of fish or flocks of birds, are an emergent property of each individual following a few simple decision rules. At our March 14th Open Minds Teen Science Café, Dr. Roland Kays will review these findings, and explain how he is testing some of these results in primates, for the first time, with a new baboon tracking program in Kenya. Then, he will lead us through an exercise to see if we can use flocking behavior like animals to effectively move through space and avoid predation! Join Morehead on March 14, 2014 for this exciting Teen Science Cafe.

Open Minds Cafe is created for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free! Each monthly Open Minds Cafe begins at 5:30 p.m. with pizza (or another treat), followed by discussions and activities at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Carly Apple at 919-843-7951.

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Dr. Roland Kays is an research associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and the director of the biodiversity lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee.