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Mensa Foundation Colloquium to Examine Flora, Fauna and the Future

  • Jun 14, 2016

Annual forum comes to San Diego, June 28

ARLINGTON, TEXAS, June 14, 2016 — In concert with the famed San Diego Zoo, The Mensa Education & Research Foundation will explore the current and future states of genetics at its 2016 Colloquium: Flora, Fauna and the Future, scheduled June 28 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

How does fog affect climate change in California’s diverse ecosystems? What can we learn from the evolutionary patterns of popcorn flowers? These questions will be explored by featured speakers Dr. Sula Vanderplank, Interim Vice President for Research for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Dr. Michael G. Simpson, professor of Biology at San Diego State University. Also scheduled is a special appearance by zoo collections expert Stacey Johnson and behavioral biology expert Dr. Matt Anderson (subject to change).

This all-day event is open to the public. The price of admission ($124 for non-members; $99 for current Mensa members) includes the morning and afternoon sessions and lunch.

“Our Colloquium is just one key to the Mensa Foundation’s mission to help inspire and empower the intellectually gifted,” said Foundation President Dave Remine. “With these “deep dive” presentations, we hope to inspire continued exploration into a variety of distinctive topics.” Visit the Colloquium website to find out more about these fascinating speakers and their topics.

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation Colloquiums are designed to offer a forum for the public to explore, evaluate and discuss major issues that impact society. For more information regarding this year’s event, or to find out how you can support the Foundation, please visit

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The Mensa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on intelligence and giftedness in the community at large. It's mission supports two of the three stated purposes shared by all Mensa organizations, to identify and foster intelligence for the benefit of humanity and to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence. The Mensa Foundation pursues these goals, in partnership with American Mensa and/or Mensa International where appropriate, with resources donated by Mensans and non-Mensans alike and aspire to use the intelligence of Mensans and non-Mensans to make the world a better place. For more information about the Mensa Foundation, visit or call (817) 607-5577.