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There is Hope in Combating Climate Change

November 5, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Scientists and engineers worldwide are devoted to helping find solutions to the negative effects of climate change. In this (largely non-scientific) presentation, Sophia Hayes will showcase some of those efforts. In short, there is *hope* – and it may help to recognize – we have done this before with other threats to our environment.


Sophia Hayes

Sophia Hayes is a mom, an educator, and a research scientist. Her scientific work is in areas that determine the structure of matter, through "fingerprinting" molecules and atoms to assist other scientists and engineers in understanding chemical processes–everything from how we can capture CO2 with tailored structures, to how you can do exotic quantum sensing with semiconductors. She is a professor of chemistry at Washington University, and she embraces the opportunity to educate students in how to communicate complex science concepts to broad audiences.


Pianist Jocelyn Rugaber began piano studies at the age of six. She began playing professionally at the age of 16. Jocelyn earned a Master’s in Piano Performance & Pedagogy. She studied under Lorna Griffith, Claude Cymmerman and Daniel Schene. Her freelance experience covers everything from recording studio work to playing piano parts for orchestra, musicals, piano bars, and recitals. Jocelyn has played for many St. Louis music ensembles, including Klezundheit!, Queens of Swing, River City Pops, Community Gospel Choir, Songs of Africa Ensemble and Kirkwood Theatre Guild. Among the popular St. Louis venues she has played are Gaslight Theatre, Missouri Botanical Garden, Sheldon Concert Hall & Tavern of the Fine Arts. She regularly provides music for fundraiser events, including Dining in the Dark and Dignity Periods. Jocelyn is classically trained but is prolific at playing by ear. Her vast repertoire includes contemporary, jazz, classical and about everything in between. Jocelyn’s absolute favorite composers to interpret are George Gershwin and Cole Porter. “I feel nothing has been ever written so timelessly as the melodies of Gershwin and Porter!” Jocelyn also particularly loves to throw down jazz versions of classical compositions. She has maintained a teaching studio for 40 years. She is delighted to be able to share her talents at the piano with the Ethical Society.


November 5, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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