Genetically Modified – Food For Thought – May 15, 2018

Humans have been cultivating food for over 10,000 years. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are our latest tool to manipulate our food. Join Dr. Angie Hilliker for a conversation over a beer — one of civilization’s oldest forms of food engineering — to learn about the current wave of plant modification. She’ll discuss different forms of genetic engineering of plants and contextualize the pros and cons of the newest GMO technology. Are there concerns about GMO foods? Some answers might surprise you.

When
Tuesday, May 15
6:30 to 7:30 Program (20” talk & 40” Q&A Discussion)

Who
Angie Hilliker, PhD

University of Richmond Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Hilliker has played pool with a Nobel Prize Winner, favors sour beers, plays the flute and piccolo in the UR Wind Ensemble, and teaches about yeast fermentation in the UR’s Beer Brewer Professional Certificate Program. Hilliker’s professional playground is the world of genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry. Dr. Hilliker is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond. Her lab studies how cells control the genetic recipes used to cook up all the things the cell needs. Hilliker earned her B.A. in biology at Oberlin College and her doctorate in molecular genetics and cell biology at the University of Chicago.

How
Required registration will open on May 9th. Mark your calendars, create a notification, watch for announcements on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or be an email subscriber HERE and we’ll send you a note the morning that registration goes live. (You may need to check your junk folder.)

Where
Hardywood
2410 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA 23220

ANSWERS TO A FEW FAQs

Are these events for scientists?
It’s the opposite!
All Science Pubs are specifically created for non-scientists.

Who can come?
Any curious citizens 21 and over are welcome to register for this month’s pub.

What time should I arrive?
Definitely by 6:30 pm — that’s when the program will start.
Anytime after 5:15 — that’s when we’ll welcome folks into the venue’s space. Room for 100 curious minds. Seating on a first-come basis.

Will there be food?
Yes. A food truck will be serving up their eats beginning at 5:15 pm.

I can’t make it. Will this pub be live-streamed or filmed?
Not this time — This is a live event only.

I don’t drink alcohol. Do you ever have any non-pub events?
You won’t be the only one not drinking a pint. Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water, soda or some such is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other and less about whatever liquids are in hand.

How much is it?
Attend for free or donate what you can — $5 suggested per person.
Look for the beaker on the welcome table or pay with plastic when you register.

How do I get there and where do I park?
Public transit and carpooling are always good ideas. Plan your GRTC and/or click here for a map. You’ll find street parking throughout the neighborhood and a small number of spots in the venue’s lot on the corner of Ownby and Overbrook. Please refrain from parking in the lots of nearby businesses, lest your fun evening out conclude at the impound lot.

We hope to see you May 15th. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

This Science Pub RVA program is made possible with
generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan.

To discuss sponsoring a future Science Pub program, email sciencepub@ideastations.org

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Taming The American Car – March 14, 2018

Is there any technology that we love more than our automobiles? Come hear about Taming The American Car; the rules of the road that fueled innovation in the face of competition, constraints, and working for the common good. An informal evening with Virginia Tech historian Dr. Lee Vinsel.  Cars, cocktails, and curious minds.

Click here to register
Registration required. Seating not guaranteed. Room for 120 curious minds.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Broadberry at 2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
5:45 Doors Open
7:00 Dr. Vinsel’s car talk
7:30 to 8:00 Q&A Discussion
This program will be filmed. By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations and Virginia Commonwealth University to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.

Lee Vinsel, PhD
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech
Dr. Vinsel grew up among abandoned steel mills in the rust belt town of Joliet, Illinois. The mascot of his high school was “The Steelman” — the name given to a statue originally titled “Science Advancing Mankind,” which had been built for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. When in High School he watched the movie Clueless (Paramount Films) and thought, “who’s this Nietzsche guy?” that one of the film’s characters was reading poolside during a memorable scene. That question ignited his mind and led him to earn a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois. He then went on to earn M.S. and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, where most of his work was supported through a National Science Foundation funded by Carnegie Mellon’s Climate Decision Making Center. While teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology, he co-founded a global research network called The Maintainers, which is dedicated to the study of maintenance, repair, upkeep, and ordinary work with technology. (Read the first essay on this topic here on Aeon, “Hail the Maintainers”.)

This Science Pub RVA program is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan, with additional support from The National Science Foundation (grant #1611953), individuals like you who kick something into the beaker, and our venue host The Broadberry who invite you to learn about hosting your special event in their rocking space.

ANSWERS TO A FEW FAQs

Are these events for scientists?
Quite the opposite. Science Pubs are specifically created for non-scientists.

How do I get there?
Public transit is always a good idea. Click here to plan your GRTC trip Insist on driving? Consider carpooling, click here for a map, look for one of the 15 spots marked for The Broadberry in the lot adjacent to the Exxon, or park in the Children’s Museum lot across the street.

Do I have to be 21?
All curious minds 18 and over are welcome at this month’s venue.

Will there be food?
Yes! The Broadberry would love to serve you something tasty in addition to quenching your thirst. While purchasing food and drink is optional, you might not want to pass up their tacos, burgers, and other fab fare.

What time should I arrive?
Anytime between 5:45 and 7:00 pm, when Dr. Vinsel will have the mic. In anticipation of a full house, we recommend arriving by 6:30 pm. Registration required — Seating on a first-come basis. Click here to register

I don’t drink alcohol; do you ever have any non-pub events?
You won’t be the only one not drinking a pint! Pub is in our name; but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand.

How much is it?
Attend for free or donate what you can. $5 suggested per person — Look for the beaker on the welcome table.

We hope to see you soon! In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to register

Philanthropy Of The Body – February 7

Registration is closed, as we are full up! If you’re not already, consider becoming a subscriber to be among the first to learn of upcoming programs.

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Explore the intersection of science, history and culture with Science Pub RVA and VCU’s Science, Technology, and Society Program.

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Corneas, organs, and bodies, oh my! What motivates people to donate their bodies, and how has medical voluntarism changed over the last century? Susan Lederer, Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics, will tell stories and answer your questions regarding “The Philanthropy Of The Body”.

This program will be filmed. By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations and Virginia Commonwealth University to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Answer Brew Pub – 6008 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230
6:00 Doors Open
7:00 20-minute talk by Dr. Susan Lederer
7:20 to 8:00 PM Q&A Open Discussion

Dr. Susan Lederer
Being a non-smoker doesn’t lessen the fun Dr. Lederer has collecting medically themed ashtrays. Favorites include one styled in the shape of a bed pan and another with Hippocrates image. She’s an avid tennis player and dreams of making time for her next book project about the failed attempt to bring bullfighting to Brooklyn. Dr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she is the chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. A historian of American medicine, she has written extensively on the history of animal and human experimentation. Her books include Flesh and Blood: Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America (Oxford University Press, 2008), Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), and Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (Rutgers University Press, 2002).

Click here to register on Eventbrite.

ANSWERS TO A FEW FAQs

Are these events for scientists?
Quite the opposite. Science Pubs are specifically created for non-scientists.

How do I get there?
Carpooling and public transit are always good ideas.
Click here to plan your GRTC trip or Click here for a map

Do I have to be 21?
Any adults 18 and over are welcome to this event.

How much is it?
Attend for free, or make a donation. $5 suggested per person — Look for the beaker on the welcome table.

What time should I arrive?
We will welcome guests at 6:00 pm. We anticipate a full house and recommend arriving by 6:30 pm. Seating will be on a first-come basis. Dr. Lederer’s program will begin at 7:00.

I don’t drink alcohol, do you ever have any non-pub events?
You won’t be the only one not drinking a pint! Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand.

Will I feel comfortable if I arrive by myself?
Yes, many folks arrive solo. If you’d like to meet others, we’ll point you toward a community table. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to register on Eventbrite

Science Pub in Ashland – January 7, 2018

ONE night, TWO researchers, THREE minute Thesis Contest Winners

Absorb something in an atmosphere where no science background is expected. We’ll hear from two early career researchers who recently won their University’s Three-Minute-Thesis contests.
Rachel Davies, a PhD Candidate at VCU, will talk about using medicinal chemistry to make and study street drugs called Bath Salts.
And Dr. Diana Dinescu of UVA will discuss using twin studies to explore the relationship between motherhood and mental health.
While registration is required, it does not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Room for 80 curious minds. Early arrival is suggested

ANSWERS TO A FEW FAQs

Are these events for scientists?
Quite the opposite. Science Pub RVA nights are specifically created for the general public to connect with scientific thinkers and converse informally about curiosity-piquing ideas.
Will this be live-streamed or recorded?
No, this is a you-gotta-be-there-live event. (Click here to register on Eventbrite.)
A still photographer will be present, though. Your attendance at this event is your consent to the recording of your likeness/image as well the use of photographs containing your likeness by The Community Idea Stations in any medium for any purpose.
How do I get there?
We’ll be at the at the The Center of The Universe Brewing Company in Ashland, VA. Click here for a map
What time should I arrive?
The program will start promptly at 6:00 pm. We’ll be ready for you in the venue’s event room at 5:00. Should you wish to arrive even earlier, you’re welcome to hang out in COTU’s main space and even
join in for any part of their weekly “Beer, Bingo and Bloodies” fun from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Will there be food?
A food truck will be there for those seeking sustenance or non-beer beverages.
How much is it?
Attend for free, or make a donation. $5 suggested per person. Look for the beaker on the welcome table.
Will I feel comfortable if I arrive by myself?
Yes, many folks arrive solo. If you’d like to meet others, you’ll enjoy sitting at one of many community tables. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram