Scientists talk, people learn, everybody drinks

What is Science on Tap

Welcome to Science on Tap (SOT)! Come have a beer with us (or your beverage of choice) while we listen to a local scientist discuss their work. No science background is required, but curiosity is strongly encouraged.

Our mission is to get science out of the lab and into the community where the public can enjoy it. We hope to broadening science education and improve science communication by cultivating a culture of inclusion, tolerance, life-long learning, and fun.

SOT is currently housed under The Great Salt Lake Institute, a nonprofit organization, and is powered by volunteers. All donations go towards achieving our goal.

 
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Our Team

Kinda like the Avengers, but more realistic.

 
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Audry Rutz-Head Organizer

Likes: Friendly cats, car camping with friends, potatoes in any form (except raw of course), shuffle board, science fiction suspense thrillers, a good gin drink, and live music in cramped basements

Dislikes: Ants on my body, ants in my house, people who fight with each other on social media, getting stuck in a video game, liver in any form (especially raw), and mean cats (like really mean ones - semi mean is acceptable)

Background: Born in Alaska, blah, blah, degree in biology, time off to find one’s self, masters in genetic counseling, blah, blah, blah, dabbled in singing/songwriting, blah, Genetic Counselor, go figure.

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Sky Hatter-Chief Creative Officer

Likes: Tardigrades, really good infographics, riding bikes with hyper dogs, snowboarding, sleeping outside, reading science books in hammocks, the dankest IPAs, the most expensive wine, and G&T’s at home.

Dislikes: Charismatic cult leaders and any cuisine that involves jello.

Background: I was born in Eastern California (think mountains, desert, and abandoned mining towns, not palm trees and coastal elites.) I went to a prestigious art school in Chicago, became a graphic designer to pay my student loans, and use my art skills for better science communication.

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Justice Morath-Chief Communications Officer

His hobbies include drinking beers that are exponentially over-hopped, owning too many bicycles in various levels of disarray, and dreaming of throwing it all away to go live in his van. But his job is awesome, so he sticks around. He is assistant professor of psychology at Salt Lake Community College where he gets to do other cool science outreach stuff like teach at the Utah State Prison.

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Elena Coupla-Treasurer and MC

Likes: Reading sci-fi and fantasy, snowboarding, hiking, raising tarantulas, climbing, swimming, fire dancing, camping, chocolate, table top gaming, Spanish soap operas.  

Dislikes: Blue cheese, sunburns, getting too close to horses, speeding tickets for anything under 9mph over the limit, inversion season, the way Worcestershire is spelled and pronounced.

Background: Born and raised in Sacramento CA with very mild winter, then studied chemistry at UC San Diego, where there is no winter, then decided to go into Genetic Counseling and moved to SLC, where there is hella winter.

Wanna get involved?

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Our organization is completely run by volunteers. We always need scientists to come give talks or accompany us to various events (i.e. Pride Festival, Craft Lake City, Brew Fest, KUER events, etc…). We also love highlighting local musicians to open for our scientists. Lastly, we always need help setting up events! If you are interested in helping our cause in any way please reach out to us via email tapdatsci@gmail.com.

 
 

Past Talks

How We Got to Here   Jacob Hummel, PhD, Astronomy  August 24, 2017

How We Got to Here

Jacob Hummel, PhD, Astronomy

August 24, 2017

It’s a Match?   Samantha Joel, PhD  February 22, 2018

It’s a Match?

Samantha Joel, PhD

February 22, 2018

Tales from the Cryptococcus!   Steven Denham, Microbiologist  December 6, 2018

Tales from the Cryptococcus!

Steven Denham, Microbiologist

December 6, 2018

Memories Gone Viral,   Jason Sheperd, PhD, Neurobiology  October 19, 2017

Memories Gone Viral,

Jason Sheperd, PhD, Neurobiology

October 19, 2017

Precariously Balanced Rocks (PBR)   Amir Allam, PhD  April 18, 2018

Precariously Balanced Rocks (PBR)

Amir Allam, PhD

April 18, 2018

The Dark Matter of DNA   Aurelie Kapusta, PhD  January 26, 2018

The Dark Matter of DNA

Aurelie Kapusta, PhD

January 26, 2018

The Spleen: A Lean, Mean, Diving Machine   Melissa Illardo, PhD  September 20, 2018

The Spleen: A Lean, Mean, Diving Machine

Melissa Illardo, PhD

September 20, 2018