Lecture - Roots of Knowledge: Saving Indigenous Plants for Our Future by Maria Fadiman


Shamans and healers have developed an intimate knowledge of the medicinal and sustaining powers of native plant species deep in the jungles of the Amazon basin and at sites across the world. The people who live in these environments identify the plants that cure specific illnesses and provide nourishment or that can be made into shelters, baskets and clothing. However, the indigenous cultures of the rainforest are often overlooked in the effort to understand the importance of this vast ecosystem to the health of our world.


In this special presentation, ethnobotanist Dr. Maria Fadiman of Florida Atlantic University will explores traditional knowledge--curative medicine and other benefits--while simultaneously addressing the struggles and successes in balancing resource use with sustainable collecting traditions.


This lecture is co-sponsored by HMNS and AIA, Houston Society with support from SABIC, Greg McCord, Sierra Club - Houston Regional Group, and Brazilian Consulate General of Houston.


Lecture - The Global Energy Scene: Some things you might not read in the "Times" by Scott W. Tinker


Over the past few decades, a story of "good" and "bad" energy has evolved: renewable good, fossil and nuclear bad. School kids are taught "facts" about energy that sometimes violate economic and even physical principles. Passionate online voices, and even national newspapers, present "ideal world" opinions without fully understanding the upsides and downsides of those scenarios.

Dr. Scott W. Tinker of the Bureau of Economic Geology will present a few global-energy realities that you are unlikely to read in the "Times" and pose a few questions whose answers might challenge what you think you know. As Mark Twain is credited with saying, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."


As the United States considers its position in energy, it is vital to understand the actual facts, real costs and benefits, and true global implications of various policies in order to minimize politics and maximize lasting impact. Tinker will review the considerations--from climate and carbon, to poverty and immigration, to renewable energy and reregulation of electricity markets.


Lecture & Tour - Inauguration of Wiess Energy Hall 3.0 by Paul Bernhard


The largest and most technical innovative energy display in the world, the third installation of the Wiess Energy Hall is opening November 2017. Lead exhibit designer Paul Bernhard will overview of the project with colorful behind-the-scenes stories of the planning and installation process. Following the presentation and Q&A, all are invited on a tour of the Wiess Energy Hall.

HMNS Permanent Exhibits

Experience a wide variety of fun, informative and exciting adventures for adults and children, including the McGovern Hall of the Americas, Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, Wiess Energy Hall and the brand new Hall of Paleontology.


Your self-guided tour of the HMNS Exhibit Halls may take as little as a half an hour or be an all day event...there is that much to see and learn! Ticket includes return visit privileges for the entire day.


Admission price includes access to all HMNS Exhibit Halls except certain "Special Exhibitions" and the Brown Hall of Entomology. Access to the Brown Hall of Entomology is included with admission to the Cockrell Butterfly Center.


Admission to the Permanent Exhibits is FREE Thursday afternoons. Check the main website for current information.


Members: HMNS permanent exhibits are always free! Adult Tickets: $25.


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