University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Justin O. Schmidt

Justin O. Schmidt (Southwestern Biological Institute and University of Arizona) is a legend among hymenopterologists. His sting pain index scale, earned him an Ig Nobel Prize, which is awarded for creative and atypical work in science, medicine, and technology.

Schmidt offers this interesting book with an enthralling explanation of the evolution of the insect sting. This work presents highly instructive and technically accurate information. We learn about pain from insect stings, but also how relative and inaccurate "pain definitions" can be portrayed. For instance, he mentions that bull ant stings are considered incredibly painful in Australia. For Schmidt, however, its sting hurts less than a honey bee sting. We also ascertain that velvet ants can inflict an instantaneous burning sting that might last several minutes--making it one of the most painful known. However, its venom is one of the least toxic.But the message is that, overall, ants, wasps, and bees are here to stay and are all members of an intricate web of interrelations that even includes humans. This is not a textbook; it is more of a coherent guide that ushers readers into the insect world. It even ends with Schmidt's pain scale for stinging insects! --J. M. Gonzalez, California State University, "Choice"

Scheduled events:
The Glorious Insect World
Expert naturalists offer their unique, fascinating, and fun insights on butterflies, bees, and all things that sting.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks Experience Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Alcock, Stephen Buchmann, Justin O. Schmidt
Moderator: Nancy Laney
Science is Stranger than Fiction
How does nature really work? Justin Schmidt and Bill Schutt discuss how in the animal world, science fact is often far stranger than fiction.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Justin O. Schmidt, Bill Schutt
Moderator: Andy Fisher

The Sting of the Wild
Science / Medicine / Technology
Johns Hopkins University Press
March 2016
ISBN 9781421419282
Hardcover, 280 pages
$24.95, INSTORE
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"The story of the man who got stung for science"--Jacket.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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