In this archive, you may access presentation materials and video recordings from previous installments of our monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting series. Additions will be made often, so visit regularly for the latest materials to deepen your Biophilia: Pittsburgh experience.

February 2, 2017
“How Love of Community Drives Grassroots Sustainability"
Guest Speaker: Zaheen Hussain, Millvale sustainability coordinator
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December 1, 2016
“The Importance of Staying Wild"
Guest Speaker: Jen Dalke, naturalist
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November 3, 2016
“Emergent Patterns"
Guest Speaker: Ashley Cecil and Deirdre Murphy, visual artists
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October 6, 2016
“Therapeutic Benefits of Horticulture"
Guest Speaker: Lisa Story
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September 1, 2016
“Mindfulness Training and Health"
Guest Speaker: David Creswell
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August 4, 2016
“Urban Agriculture, Mindfulness and Healing"
Guest Speaker: Josh Inklovich, founder of Focused Integrative Training (FIT)
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July 7, 2016
“The Native American Connection to Nature"
Guest Speaker: Randy Wiesenmayer, Ph.D.
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June 2, 2016
“Herb Gardening through a Sustainable Lens"
Guest Speaker: Norma P. Weinberg, herbal educator, writer, speaker and master gardener
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May 5, 2016
“Health, Food Security and Home Gardens"
Guest Speaker: Charity Grimes Bauman, Community Outreach Coordinator and Gabe Tilove, Adult Education Coordinator, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
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April 7, 2016
“Nature Connection through Foraged Food"
Guest Speaker: Adam Haritan, foraging instructor and founder of Learn Your Land
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March 3, 2016
“Respiration Paintings"
Guest Speakers: Elise Adibi, artist
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Feb. 4, 2016
“Connecting to Climate through Stories"
Guest Speaker: Kirsi Jansa, visiting research scholar and video journalist at The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University
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(Note: Due to the less-than-optimal audio quality of this recording, headphones are recommended.)


Jan. 7, 2016
“Biophilic Pittsburgh"
Guest Speakers: Richard Piacentini, executive director, Phipps; Emily Kalnicky, Ph.D., director of science education and research, Phipps; Rebecca Kiernan, senior resilience coordinator, City of Pittsburgh; Ari Lattanzi, resilience analyst, City of Pittsburgh
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June 5, 2014
“Growing Wellnes: How Connecting to Nature Keeps Kids Healthy"
Guest Speaker: Melissa Harding, Phipps Science Education Specialist
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May 1, 2014
“Biophilia Enhanced Through Art (BETA) Project"
Guest Speakers: Richard Piacentini, Sonja Bochart, & Nicole Capozzi
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April 17, 2014
“Beempathy: Enriching Human Experience of the Natural World through the Art of Beekeeping"
Guest Speaker: Christina Joy Neumann, Apoidea Apiary, LLC
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March 20, 2014
“Connecting Children to Real Food"
Guest Speaker: Kelsey Weisgerber, Food Service Director, Frick Environmental Charter School
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Jan. 2, 2014
“Silent City: On Listening, Noise, and Nature in Urban Environments”
Guest Speaker: Abby Aresty, Sound Artist 
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Dec. 5, 2013
“The Invisibility of Nature: Garbage and Play-Forts in Urban Nature Spaces”
Guest Speaker: Eva-Maria Simms, Ph.D., psychology professor and director of psychology graduate studies at Duquesne University
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Nov. 7, 2013
“Biophilia, Human Health and Productivity”
Guest Speaker: Vivian Loftness FAIA, LEED AP, Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University
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