September 14, Regular Meeting – Far North Queensland

Presenter: Mel White
Title: Far North Queensland
Mel White will show photos from his three trips to tropical Queensland, in northeastern Australia. Two trips were on assignments for National Geographic publications, while the most recent trip, in July of 2016, was a birding vacation He has photos of species ranging from Palm Cockatoo, the world’s largest cockatoo, to Magnificent Riflebird, a type of bird-of-paradise, and the iconic Laughing Kookaburra.
Conway native Mel White spent more then 25 years as a free-lance writer, working mostly for the National Geographic Society but also writing stories for Audubon, Living Bird, Wilderness, and other magazines. He also wrote or contributed to more than 20 travel books and guidebooks.
Meeting is at 7PM at the Fletcher Library

August 10, 2017 – Regular Monthly Meeting

August 10, 2017 – Larks, Owls, and You: Sleep and its Timing

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Peszka, Associate Professor of Psychology, Hendrix College

In an engaging style that will NOT put you to sleep, Dr. Peszka will introduce you to the function of sleep, then discuss sleep in nonhuman animals, followed by sleep timing in humans and suggestions about improving sleep.

Dr. Jennifer Peszka is in the Psychology Department at Hendrix College where she teaches Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning, Sensation & Perception, Statistics, and Introductory Psychology. She and her students examine some of the causes and effects of sleep deprivations. She has a B.S. from Washington & Lee University, VA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation was on the effects of sleep deprivation on the wake/sleep transition. Previously she has worked in the chronobiology laboratory at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and acted as the assistant to Research Director of the Sleep Disorders Center, Forrest General Hospital, in Hattiesburg, MS.

Due to renovations at Fletcher Library, this meeting will be at Audubon Arkansas at 4500 Springer Blvd in Little Rock.