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Science Happy Hour + 500 Million Years of Death and Destruction

  • Museum at Prairiefire 5801 W. 135th Street Overland Park United States (map)

Doors 6:00 pm

Presentation 6:30 pm

Dr. John Huntley, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences MU

MAP Members FREE, General Public $10


You’ve heard about the dangers of rising sea levels and temperatures around the globe. But one danger you may not have heard about: a potential rise in parasites!

Trematodes (tiny parasitic flatworms) are linked to tropical diseases that kill a million people each year. They can negatively alter marine ecosystems of the seafood we eat—increasing the risk to human health. And as sea levels rose in the past, the populations of these parasites rose, too.

MU paleobiologist John Huntley will discuss why you need to know about these parasites and the dramatic consequences facing our planet as temperatures and water depth continue to increase.


*Museum at Prairiefire members receive discounts on special events and FREE tickets to regularly scheduled programming, like Science Happy Hour. To receive your discount, log into your new MAP account. If you haven't logged in before, email us at to set up your account.

**Must be 21+ with proof of ID to consume alcoholic beverages.



What time should I arrive by?

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Presentation begins at 6:30 pm

Where can I park?

FREE Parking available on the Street, Parking lot and Prairiefire Parking Garage

What should I expect out of the evening?

A dynamic 45-60 minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. Light apps, wine, beverages and beer provided by KC Bier

What are the age limitations for this event?

Recommended for Adults and curious young adults

Do I need to bring anything?

Your curiosity!

Earlier Event: September 16
Closed for Cleaning and Maintenance
Later Event: September 21
National Museum Day