think + drink / science

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Tuesday September 13

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6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM

Exploring Nature’s Light


As we continue our Year of Light, Michelle Schuman joins us for think+drink / science to discuss how the light we produce disrupts natural experiences of light on Earth. Light pollution is a global problem on this planet, impacting not only our view of the universe but also the wildlife that shares our planet. Michelle will incorporate the sky-revealing powers of The Bishop’s digital Planetarium to help share the beauty of unfettered natural light.


Michelle was raised in a rural town in Eastern Washington. Her passion for nature and travel steered her to an adventurous career in wildlife biology in Alaska. After she retired in 2017 from USDA, she wrote her memoir, The Understory: A Female Environmentalist in the Land of the Midnight Sun. A female-forward production company optioned her life story before it hit the presses. She has a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and Range Management, a Minor in Soils Science and a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Wetland Science. She recently moved to Florida after living 40 years in Alaska.


Beverages and socializing begin at 6:30pm on the patio in front of the Museum. All tickets include one free drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic); additional beverages are available for purchase. Beverages may not be brought into The Planetarium. Guest speakers begin presenting in The Planetarium at 7:00pm, followed by a Q&A period.  Masks are encouraged but not required inside the Museum.