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Science Cafés

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. All Science Cafés take place at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 PM; program 6:00-7:30 PM.

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Winter 2017 Science Café Schedule

 

January Science Café: Politics and Psychology from Mussolini to the Alt-Right

Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a lively discussion of the history and social psychology of nationalist and fascist politics and what light this scholarship may or may not shed on current events. Dario Gaggio of the U-M History department will discuss the relationships between fascism, nationalism, and the politics of class (as well as the urban/rural divide) in the interwar period in Europe. Joshua Rabinowitz of the U-M Psychology department will highlight both classical and contemporary research on individual differences and motives that seeks to understand the appeal of such political movements.

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current research topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited - come early.  

 

February Science Café: Ancient Climates, Future Climates–What Can the Deep Past Tell Us?

Wednesday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Earth's climate has changed many times, and the mechanisms of these changes may shed light on what we can expect in the future.  Join Chris Poulsen, Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Nathan Sheldon, Associate Professor Earth and Environmental Sciences, Associate Director of the Program in the Environment  at the University of Michigan, as we tease apart some lessons from the ancient past. Are there modern implications from the ancient Earth?  

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current research topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited - come early.

 

March Science Café: Can Nutrition, Stress, and Environmental Exposures Change Your DNA?

Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Epigenetics is the science of gene expression, and research suggests that while our experiences may not change our DNA sequence, experience and environment can and do change the shape and chemistry of our DNA. These changes can affect whether or how much a gene is expressed. Stress and trauma can also change other aspects of our biology. Join three researchers as we discuss the biological effects of past nutrition, stress, and toxicant exposures on our health and well-being. Are these changes heritable? Can diet and exercise protect our DNA?

Speakers include Kelly Bakulski and Dana Dolinoy of the U-M School of Public Health, and Srijan Sen of the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine.

This cafe is sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current research topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited - come early.  

Reserved seating for members is now full.

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April Science Café
Safeguarding Science: Expanding Access to Public Data

Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Publicly funded research data are vital for scientists of all kinds. Whether government research is on climate change, housing, or animal welfare, access to the data is crucial to free inquiry and can bear directly on public policy. Meet University of Michigan faculty and librarians participating in the national DataRefuge project, which looks to preserve, organize, and increase access to publicly-funded research data. What are the issues in making data accessible for the long term? What can you do to help?

Speakers include:

  • Jake Carlson, Research Data Services Manager, University of Michigan Library
  • Paul Edwards, Professor of Information, School of Information and Professor of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Catherine Morse, Government Information, Law and Political Science Librarian
  • Justin Schell, Director, Shapiro Design Lab, University of Michigan Library

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current research topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited—come early.  

A limited number of reserved seats will be available for Museum members only. Up to two seats per membership will be held until 5:50 p.m.  Members please reserve here.

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