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!

Our 2018 science fair was, again, simply terrific! Learn more about the fair by clicking on the star at the lower right of our logo! The fair featured everything from two first-rate planetariums to baloon car racing to horticultural experiments in the new greenhouse.

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 eighth presentation of the 2017-18 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled "Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves,"  and is presented by Dennis Jenkins, Phd, Anthropologist, University of Oregon, on Tuesday May 22nd.

 

The Great Basin is important for a number of reasons ... not the least of which is its mineral wealth. Metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits are located in Southeastern Oregon and North-Central Nevada Sagebrush Focal Area are compatible with classification of these deposits as epithermal gold, silver, mercury, and gallium deposits, volcanogenic uranium deposits, gemstone deposits, and other sedimentary deposits ... including hectorite, a lithium-rich clay typical of ancient lake beds.

And this last mineral, hectorite, has become VERY important recently with the increasing popularity of electric cars. "The basic math was that in order to make half million cars a year, we need every lithium-ion battery factory on earth that makes batteries for phones, laptops, cars, everything, just to achieve that output," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the opening of the Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada.

In this Great Basin town of Silver Peak, Nevada, lithium has been mined since the 60's, and recently, mining activities there have grown considerably. And interestingly, this project also produces enough geothermal energy for a large-scale electrical generation plant.

Dr Dennis Jenkins is a Senior Research Archeologist for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and directs the Paisley Caves Archeological Research Project. On a site just east of Summer Lake and north of the small town of Paisley (population 241), his team recovered human coprolites by DNA analysis dating 14,000 years old. His research has been published in his 7 books, multiple articles and reviews, and shown in 8 television documentaries on the History Channel, National Geographic, and OPB.

Jenkins' primary areas of research include the ancient peoples of the Americas, particularly hunter-gatherers in the Great Basin. Techniques include obsidian sourcing and hydration analysis. His Paisley Caves excavation recovered the oldest known human remains on which carbon dating has been performed. Four years after Jenkins' work in 2002, prehistoric DNA expert Eske Willerslev analyzed his samples. Using mass spectrometry on mitochondrial DNA from coprolites, the research determined that people in haplogroups A2 and B2 lived in south central Oregon 12,300 radiocarbon years B.P., about one thousand years earlier than the accepted date for the Clovis culture. The new date of earliest human settlement, after publication in 2008, became accepted by many scientists.

Jenkins will speak at The Belfry as part of the Frontiers in Science lecture series sponsored by the Sisters Science Club. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Belfry doors open at 6 and Lecture at 7PM

General Admission: $5.00. Science Club Donors, Teachers and Students are free.

Below, and as a completely unrelated point of interest, you can watch the launch of SpaceX's newest first stage rocket ... and see some spectacular views from all parts of the ship. This is the first satellite for Bangladesh, one that will provide communications services to that country and other parts of SE Asia. And not a spoiler ... but launch, recovery, and satellite deployment operations were perfect.