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Fire Ants, Crazy Ants & Zombie Ants

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Student Activities Center (SAC) - Auditorium

2201 Speedway

Rm. 1.402

Austin, TX 78712

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The red imported fire ant is an invasive species in Texas that can produce life-threatening allergic reactions in people, has major costs to agriculture, and causes severe impacts to native fauna. Dr. Rob Plowes shares insights into fire ant behavior and discusses a remarkable biological control opportunity. Dr. Plowes researches one of the fire ant's deadliest enemies - tiny phorid flies, which actually turn ants into zombie-like living incubators for their offspring! He also describes research approaches to other invasive species in Texas.

We invite you to join us for a special Halloween celebration. Participate in our costume contest: come as your favorite creature or zombie!

Directions and Parking

The talk will be at SAC Auditorium (2201 Speedway). It takes 10-15 minutes to walk from the garage to the event venue (see a map here). A discounted ($4) parking pass is available for Hot Science attendees parking at the San Jacinto Garage (2401 San Jacinto). The discounted pass is available to buy online until Thursday, October 25 at 10 p.m. Please read the detailed instructions about how to buy parking and use the pass here as well as other parking options for the event. Discounted parking is non-refundable.

Check-in

We ask that everyone is checked in and seated by 6:50 p.m. or you will lose your seat to those on the waitlist. Check-in is available starting at 5:30 p.m. or no later than 6:40 p.m. in JGB (where Cool Activities will happen) or inside SAC by the auditorium. Look for the ORANGE check-in tables & bring your Eventbrite ticket (email or digital tickets are fine). We expect the talk and its Q & A session will end by 8:15 p.m. though ending times may vary depending on the speaker.

Cool Activities

Explore the evening’s topic through hands-on activities and information from 5:30 – 6:40 p.m. in JGB. Closer to the event date, we will share a list of organizations participating in Cool Activities. Participate in our costume contest: come as your favorite creature or zombie!

About Hot Science - Cool Talks

Hot Science – Cool Talks provides a front row seat to world-class research. Presented by the Environmental Science Institute (ESI) this nationally recognized series allows leading researchers from The University of Texas and other prominent universities to share their passion about science, technology, engineering and math with the general public. Events are held six times a year.

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Student Activities Center (SAC) - Auditorium

2201 Speedway

Rm. 1.402

Austin, TX 78712

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