Dietrich Earnhart, Department of Economics, University of Kansas Charles W. Rice, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University Judy Wu, Department of Physics, University of Kansas Joane Nagel, Department of Sociology, University of Kansas Dan Wildcat, American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University
Kansas NSF EPSCoR has built a partnership with the Flint Hills Discovery Center museum in Manhattan, KS and worked with Flint Hills Design of North Newton, KS to create display materials that highlight aspects of the EPSCoR effort on climate and energy. The Flint Hills Discovery Center opened in April, 2012. The EPSCoR exhibit theme is Kansas: Climate and Energy Central, which is the central theme of the major research initiative, Climate Change and Energy: Basic Science, Impacts and Mitigation.
A team of EPSCoR scientists, other faculty, Kansas NSF EPSCoR staff, representatives of the Flint Hills Discovery Center contributed to the design and content of the display. This team worked closely with Chuck Regier and Joel Gaeddert of Flint Hills Design, a company that specializes in designing and building museum exhibits in a modular format. This format will facilitate EPSCoR outreach plans for taking the EPSCoR science message to other museums and schools across Kansas.Permanent and temporary exhibits inform visitors about the earth science, life science and cultural history of the Flint Hills of Kansas. The building has public meeting spaces, and is adjacent to the new convention center that is also under construction in downtown Manhattan.
For more information about the Flint Hills Discovery Center, see http://www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/