Science Matters Explores Discoveries at Danforth Plant Science Center

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The Nine Network Arts Series Also Exposes Medical Fads With Local Gerontologist

St. Louis, MO — July 16, 2015 — The Nine Network’s weekly science series, Science Matters, visits Dr. Jim Umen at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Dr. Umen’s research on algae as a biofuel source led to a discovery about one of life’s most intriguing mysteries: the origins of sex. This episode of Science Matters airs Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. (All Science Matters episodes are rebroadcast Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and the following Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.)

Science Matters also meets Mark Norell. Norell,  one of the world’s leading expert on dinosaurs, has earned the title of “the coolest dude alive.” Next, Washington state scientists study the effects of removing a dam in the Elwha River. This episode also meets New York’s the Story Collider, a group of performers who entertain crowds with stories that are more about life lessons than science class.

Finally, Science Matters meets St. Louis University gerontologist Dr. John Morley to talk about medical trends, fads and his prescription for a healthy dose of common sense.

Science Matters is a weekly series presented by the Nine Network of Public Media. Nine’s St. Louis science segments are also shown on PBS stations in cities nationwide. Science is one of the Nine Network’s primary focus areas. Science Matters programs can be viewed online after broadcast at

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The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, and the Public Media Commons. The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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