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.
Winter 2018 Science Cafés
February Science Café
Mass Extinctions – Past and...Present?
Wednesday, February 21
The history of life on Earth is punctuated by at least five massive extinction events, some resulting in an estimated loss of 96% of species. What causes these biological catastrophes? How do we learn about them? Why do scientists think current extinctions might be comparable to these ancient events?
We'll discuss the past and explore the potential consequences of current biodiversity losses, and what we can do to mitigate or avert future losses. Speakers will include Matt Friedman of the U-M Museum of Paleontology and Department of Earth and Evironmental Sciences and Johannes Foufopoulos of the School for Environment and Sustainability.
March Science Café
Postcards from the Anthropocene
Wednesday, March 21
Human beings have changed Earth so extensively that geologists now propose renaming our current epoch as the Anthropocene—the era defined by people. Human influences are apparent in the shape of landscapes, the extent of biodiversity, ocean chemistry, and our climate. We will explore the history of human influence on Earth and the ideas driving the concept of the Age of Humans, taking time to discuss consequences and implications for our future world. Speakers will include Julia Cole and Naomi Levin of the University of Michigan's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
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. Reserve here. (When this link no longer works, the limited number of spaces have been taken.)
April Science Café
Topic to be announced
Wednesday, April 11