Invasive Species in California

Please join us Monday, September 9 (note: second Monday!) for a discussion of invasive species in the US, focused on California, led by Mark Halvorsen, Curator of Reptiles at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Mark Halvorsen has been interested in reptiles and amphibians since he was a young man living in Brooklyn, New York. Through the support of parents tolerant of have many slimy and scaly animals kept in various rooms in the house, Mark developed a strong commitment to managing and conserving reptile and amphibians in both captive programs and natural habitat. His zoo career has taken him around the country from the Bogs of Northeast to the High Plains of Wyoming, where he worked with local researchers to evaluate local populations of reptile and amphibian species. Currently, he is working at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo managing a wide variety of species from Komodo Dragons and Cobras to Greater One Horned Rhinoceros and Babirusa. Mark continues his commitment to conserving wild species by closing managing the captive population of Western Pond Turtles in zoos throughout the US.

Who: Mark Halvorsen, Curator of Reptiles, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

When: September 9, 2019, at 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA





Episode 21: Science as an International Collaborative Enterprise (From the Archive)

This episode was originally broadcast on 88.1 KCFC on August 25, 2017.  Join Dr. Ulrike Muller, Dr. Madhusudan Katti, Dr. Andrew Jones, and Dr. David Lent in a discussion on science as an international collaborative enterprise!  We will be releasing more episodes from our archives alongside new episodes recorded here in Raleigh so make sure you follow us on twitter @science_candle and like our facebook.  Enjoy!

Studying Interest Groups and Money in American Politics

Please join us Monday August 5 for a discussion with Dr. Thomas Holyoke, a professor of political science at Fresno State.

Approximately 86% of Americans believe that their elected officials care more about the “special interests” than themselves. But who are these special interests, and what is it they do to warrant such distrust? In this presentation, Dr. Holyoke provides a systematic overview of the universe of organized interest groups active in Washington, DC, including their types and who they represent. Then he takes a closer look at their different forms of political influence, including trends in how they give campaign contributions in American elections. It ends with a reflection on the prospects for reform, as well as thoughts on a legitimate role interest groups might actually service in a democratic society.

Who: Dr. Thomas Holyoke, Professor of Political Science, California State University, Fresno

When: August 5, 2019 at 7pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704