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FRAMINGHAM – The community is invited to attend a special event with Dr. Adrian Smith, head of the Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, on the role insects play in sustaining life on our planet.

This fascinating and important talk will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum on the campus of Framingham State University.

It is free and open to the public.

It is being held in conjunction with MA STEM Week, from October 16–20,  a statewide collaborative effort organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s nine Regional STEM Networks.

Dr. Smith studies the behavioral ecology of social insects and insect natural history. As a science communicator, he makes videos in his insect laboratory for his YouTube channel, Ant Lab, and demonstrates how collaboration between the Arts and Humanities and STEM is vital to education. In making science accessible to the public, we can see and appreciate insects in a new way and be inspired to learn from and protect the biodiversity all around us.

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Adrian Smith Event Poster