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    Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

    12:00 PM-1:00 PM

    Brown Bag Lunch Lecture
    May 18, 2017
    12-1 p.m.

    Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – May 18, 2017
    AUGUST 17, 2009 BY ADMIN
    The benefits and costs of cooperation in societies:
    perspectives from a social insect specialist.

    Presented by Dr. Jessica Purcell, UCR

    Social insects have successfully spread into most environments on earth, and exhibit a tremendous variety of lifestyles and social structures. It is fascinating what diversity of strategies have evolved in these tiny societies, that allow these insects to exploit resources and compete successfully from Arctic to tropical latitudes. In this talk, Dr. Purcell will focus on two components of her research. First, the geographic patterns in the distribution of alternative social forms in spiders and ants, and what these patterns reveal about the environmental factors that shape insect societies. Second, how insect societies cooperate to overcome major environmental hurdles. Specifically, she will explain research on the formation of complex structures, such as ant rafts, that improve group survival during emergencies. She will also describe new research directions that are focusing on the social life and ecology of our local desert ants.

    Dr. Purcell was thrilled to learn that she could put her curiosity about the natural world to good use during her undergraduate studies in biology at Williams College in rural Massachusetts. Upon the advice of her mentors, she spent the first couple of years after graduation living abroad and conducting research on declining Andean woodlands and migratory Arctic geese in Bolivia and Sweden, respectively. She then returned to graduate school at the University of British Columbia, with the goal of understanding why a small number of spider species form highly cooperative social groups. Dr. Purcell’s fascination with tiny societies continued with a postdoc on ant sociality at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and she now runs a lab at UC Riverside studying the causes and consequences of cooperation in social insects including native and invasive ants and wasps, and, occasionally, social spiders.

    Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month. Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5 – Free for Members/Sponsors – beverages will be served.

    Hi-Desert Nature Museum

    Hi-Desert Nature Museum
    57090 Twentynine Palms Highway

    Birthing Center Tours

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Are you a prospective parent? Join Hi-Desert Medical Center’s clinical leadership and staff for an informative tour of our Special Additions birthing suite. We also invite you to pre-register your medical information prior to the tour to streamline the admitting process. We know that this time is very exciting but also comes with many questions and concerns. Let us put your mind at ease by providing the information you need and answering your questions! We want to partner with you to bring your new bundle of joy into the world! This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 760.366.6182 to register or to find out more about this opportunity!

    Hannah Twinem

    Hi-Desert Medical Center
    6601 White Feather Rd. Joshua Tree, CA 92252

  • 19

    Emergency Preparedness and Response Expo

    10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    Are you prepared? Do you know what to do in an emergency? Are you prepared for long term power outages? Are you and your family disaster ready?

    Come and join local emergency first responders, healthcare professionals, utility providers, non-profits, and local government agencies to learn ways that you can prepare yourself and your family to be safe in the event of flash floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

    Tips on home preparedness, utility safety, disaster preparedness supplies, healthcare needs, caring for senior and disabled neighbors during a disaster, caring for pets in an emergency as well as other information will be available to the public.

    Reach Out Morongo Basin

    Twentynine Palms Senior Center
    6539 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277


    12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    USDA Food Giveaway 3rd Friday of every month 12:00pm-2:00pm while supplies last.

    Yucca Valley Church of the Nazarene
    56248 Buena Vista Dr.
    Yucca Valley, CA 92284

  • 20

    Tri Valley Fundraiser

    10:00 AM-8:00 PM

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