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!

From time to time the club receives thankyou notes from people, and the one that accompanied this illustration touched us. Our commitment to science education is unwavering, and your contributions are essential if we are to continue to innovate, explore and invest in science education and literacy. Click here to donate!

SciArt 2018 Winner below. Click the image to see the top 10 entries from this year's contest!

 

7. Flight Science
6. Hutchinson Cancer Research
5. Belfry Community Talks
4. The Science Fair
3. Seed to Table Program
2. Sisters School District and Health Education
1. Sisters Schools
The fourth presentation of the 2018-19 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled "Oregon's Ocean: Local Legacy and Global Goals," and is presented by Kirsten Grorud-Colvert , Ph.D., Department of Integrative Biology, OSU, on Tuesday, January 22th.

Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone"

Why is this important?

The efforts to both understand and protect our planet's oceans have had mixed results, with industrial, governmental and NGO's seldome in agreement about what should be done. This article shows that where rules governing fishing and polution have been followed, recovery withing protected areas has been surprisingly good ... but that most marine reserves are "parks on paper," not really preserves at all.

If you are interested in helping to restore our planet's oceans, this article in Forbes may offer some interesting alternatives.

Save the Date For Future Belfry Talks!

Jan. 22 Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert Oregon's Ocean: Local Legacy and Global Goals
Feb. 26 Dr. Daniel Lowd Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence: Science Takes on Fake News
March 26 Dr. Larry Price The Big Picture: Photographing the Black Hole at the Center of the Universe
April 23 Dr. Bob Collins The Brain, the Mind, and Society

 

 

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert studies the some of the smallest creatures in the ocean, and is especially interested in how "no-take" marine reserves affect life there, and the health of our biosphere. Briefly, she and her colleagues have shown that there are, "on average, positive effects of reserve protection on the biomass, numerical density, species richness, and size of organisms within their boundaries." And although this is important, this work also shows that, (1) these results do not appear to be an artifact of reserves being sited in better locations;(2) results do not appear to be driven by displaced fishing effort outside of reserves;(3) contrary to often-made assertions, reserves have similar if not greater positive effects in temperate settings, at least for reef ecosystems;(4) even small reserves can produce significant biological responses irrespective of latitude."

Her work also shows that environmental conditions experienced during the larval stage can influence future survival of juvenile fish settling to the reef and recruitment dynamics, and that the settling of these juvenile fish also controls the adult predators. Early life history attributes of fishes are relevant for the design and monitoring of marine reserves, especially when larval supply and juvenile recruitment of fishes is highly variable across marine reserves and non-protected areas. This kind of basic research is fundamental if both traditional fishing activities and global ocean health are to be maintained.

Click the picture to learn more about the Bay of Bengal. To learn more about how ocean health connects to the whole of humanity, you might check out this excellent piece provided by NOAA. Or you might want to visit Amazon, or your local library ... or you might want to see what the US Congress once said ... and how things have changed since then.

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!