Scientists talk, people learn, everybody drinks

How We Got To Here

Jacob Hummel, PhD, Astronomy

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August 24, 2017 at Shades of Pale Brewry

Jacob Hummel, PhD, told us all about the origin of the universe how we know what we know. He showed us dope computer models of galaxies forming and made us all have a moment of cosmic perspective. Those of us that survived the ultra reality vortex had a great time!

Memories Gone Viral

Jason Sheperd, PhD, Neurobiology

How do the cells in your brain store memories? At the molecular level (yeah, molecular) it is thought that neurons store information through the 1000’s of connections, or synapses, that make up specific patterns for each memory. Dr. Sheperd and his team found that a gene, called Arc, is essential for memory in mice. Surprisingly, this gene seems to act and look like a virus! The evolution of complex cognition may have had some help from viruses that infected an ancient ancestor.   Intrigued? Come listen to Dr. Sheperd discuss his work! And bring your questions.   If you want to learn more visit his website  http://shepherdlab.org/  and read one of his latest publications, "Arc: building a bridge from viruses to memory". (Message us for help accessing publications.)

How do the cells in your brain store memories? At the molecular level (yeah, molecular) it is thought that neurons store information through the 1000’s of connections, or synapses, that make up specific patterns for each memory. Dr. Sheperd and his team found that a gene, called Arc, is essential for memory in mice. Surprisingly, this gene seems to act and look like a virus! The evolution of complex cognition may have had some help from viruses that infected an ancient ancestor.

Intrigued? Come listen to Dr. Sheperd discuss his work! And bring your questions.

If you want to learn more visit his website http://shepherdlab.org/ and read one of his latest publications, "Arc: building a bridge from viruses to memory". (Message us for help accessing publications.)

Scientist costume contest

In edition to an informative neuroscience talk, we had a scientist themed costume contest.

Elena as Marie Curie, Audrey as Barbra McClintock, Sky as Hedy Lamarr.

The Dark Matter of DNA

Aurelie Kapusta, PhD.

Invasion of the body snatchers? Is most of your DNA hereditary or was it hijacked? Dr. Aurelie Kapusta will let us know what the deal is with most of our genome!

Invasion of the body snatchers? Is most of your DNA hereditary or was it hijacked? Dr. Aurelie Kapusta will let us know what the deal is with most of our genome!

Fur Foxen got the party started.

Fur Foxen got the party started.

It’s A Match?

Samantha Joel, PhD. 

Can the matching algorithms of dating apps really find your next bae? Swipe right on this event to find out if science can predict attraction with Dr. Samantha Joel as she talks about her research on relationship matching.

Can the matching algorithms of dating apps really find your next bae? Swipe right on this event to find out if science can predict attraction with Dr. Samantha Joel as she talks about her research on relationship matching.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Winter Grain!

Blue Ribbon Science: Precariously Balanced Rocks (PBR)

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An Evening with the Most Interesting Seismologist in the World

Ever wonder how long a hoodoo's been sitting there? Or how long it will be? Dr. Amir Allam tells us how PBRs become reverse seismometers: they tell when and where powerful earthquakes did NOT happen. You can even help Amir map and analyze PBRs of the state - find out how at Science On Tap V at Piper Down on April 19th at 7pm

 
 

The Spleen: A Lean Mean Diving Machine

Melissa Ilardo, PhD.

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The Bajau people of Southeast Asia can dive up to 200 feet underwater while holding their breath. But what evolutionary advantages allow them to do this? Join us at 7pm on Sept. 20th at the Green Pig Pub where Dr. Melissa Ilardo will discuss how the spleen plays a role in freediving!

 

Tales from the Cryptococcus!

Steven Denham, Microbiologist

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A fungus lurks among us! Cryptococcus neoformans awaits to be inhaled by unsuspecting victims then it hides deep in our lungs.


Doctors are baffled when the infection emerges and takes over our brains!
Have no fear! Microbiologist Steven Denham is on the case. He’ll explain how our immune system fights off this ghastly invader! You don’t want miss this nig