Cheers & Thanks

We raise our glass and extend a hearty “Cheers & Thanks” to all the scientific thinkers who have walked into an RVA bar and communicated science in an engaging way.

Science Pub RVA has had the fun of working with and hosting 53 researchers, educators, scholars, engineers, writers, and practitioners. We intentionally showcase people from a variety of fields, backgrounds, career stages, and organizational affiliations. We’ve been fortunate to present folks from NASA Langley, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Environmental Quality, Harvard University, Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, the Smithsonian Institute and independent science writers.

May 15, 2018
Angie Hilliker, PhDGenetically Modified – Food For Thought

April 9, 2018
Sainath Suryanarayanan Working Bees To Death

March 14, 2018
Lee Vinsel, PhDTaming The American Car

February 7, 2018
Susan Federer PhD Philanthropy Of The Body

January 2018
Diana Dinescu, Phd and Rachel Davies, PhD Candidate – One Night, Two Researches – Three Minute Thesis Winners

October 24, 2017
Stuart Firestein, PhD – Why to Love Doubt and Uncertainty

September 19 ,2017
Evelynn M. Hammonds, PhD  – The Diversity Problem in Science

August 21, 2017
David Cifu, PhD  –  Beyond the Battlefield: PTSD Research for Recovery

June 21, 2017
Cedar Reiner, PhD    The Science of Illusions 

May 8, 2017
Luis Campos, PhD  –  Life By Design:  A Century of Synthetic Biology

April 12, 2017
Puru Jena, PhD  –  Nano Power: Small Science Big Future

March 27, 2017
Narbe Kalantarians  –  Nailing The Neutron

February 27, 2017
Casey Mallinckrodt  – 
Science of Art Object Conservation

November 30, 2016
George S. Bloom, PhD  – 
The Quest to End Alzheimer’s

October 17, 2016
Carrie Arnold, MPH & MA  –  From Science to Stories

September 21, 2016
Edward Millner, PhD  –  Is Economic Science an Oxymoron?

August 21, 2016
Anurag Mantha and James Bartel and Justin Bartel   –  Citizen Science from the Cosmos to the Faucets of Flint Michigan

June 29, 2016
Rita Shiang, PhD and John M Quillin, PhD  –  Personalized Medicine

May 17, 2016
Carlietta Paige-Anderson, PhD  – Rift Valley Fever Virus

April 6, 2016
Oliver Gaycken, PhD    Early Popular Science Films

February 25, 2016
Adelheid Voskuhl, PhD    Androids in History

February 2, 2016
W Patrick McCray    ReWiring Art: Collaborations of Artists and Engineers

January 12, 2016
Samantha Sheesley   Degradation Derailment: How Science Saves Art

December 1, 2015
Amy Rector Verrelli, PhD    
Homo naledi and Burying Our Dead

October 20, 2015
Jack Singal, PhD
   An Astronomical Revolution

September 8, 2015
Lewis Barnett, PhD and Jenna Dodson and Nicholas Moy 
 Migration Marvels and Citizen Science

June 23, 2015
Matt Balazik, PhD   Fishing for Evidence: Studying sturgeon in the James River

May 5, 2015
Drew Luellen, PhD 
 Microplastics in the Environment

April 16, 2015
Amy Rector Verrilli, PhD & Brian Verrelli, PhD   Oh The Humanity

April 1, 2015
Briana Pobiner, PhD   Ancient Appetites

March 26, 2015
Karen Rader, PhD   Evolution in Museums

November 5, 2014
Mark A. Reimers, PhD    Brain Myths, Mysteries & Facts

October 7, 2014
Jennifer M. Fettweis, PhD   Big Data & Your Microbiome

Inspired by our NOVA partnership in 2013, Science Pub RVA coordinated a state-wide conversation on the theme of big data during the inaugural Virginia Science Festival.

May 30, 2014
Henry Nebel, PhD and Jack Singal, PhD  
 Ripples from the Big Bang
Our two-year anniversary gathering was comprised of a condensed Science Pub RVA experience plus, by invitation, the only public live stream in Virginia of
The World Science Festival’s  signature event with Brian Greene.

April 8, 2014
Gail E. Christie, PhD 
 Going Viral

January 28, 2014
Anne Wright 
 Forgotten Pools

December 4, 2013
Chris Savage 
 Manufacturing Movement

November 12, 2013
Karla Mossi, PhD 
 Science Fiction or Science Fact
Science Pub RVA was one of just 30 science cafes selected by WGBH’s
 NOVA Science Education team to offer a NOVA Innovation Café on the theme of material science. This special Science Pub RVA event was hosted by Science Matters and held in Studio A of The Community Idea Stations. In addition to Dr. Mossi, two VCU Engineering Graduate Students discussed interesting materials in hands-on demonstrations and locally-produced smart materials were on hand courtesy of Curpon and Dupont. 

October 14, 2013
Jason Bulluck 
 Bigger Thinking on Biodiversity

October 1, 2013
Mark A. Reimers, PhD 
 Brains, Biology & Morality

September 17, 2013
Adam Dreyfus 
 Unlocking Autism

June 4, 2013
Matthew Francis, PhD   Mining for Dark Matter

May 7, 2013
Cedar Riener, PhD  –  The Science of Illusions

April 2, 2013
Danielle Dick. PhD   To Drink or Not to Drink:  Is Alcoholism “in our genes?

March 5, 2013
J. Emmett Duff, PhD   Marine Biodiversity:  Why bugs & slugs are important

February 12, 2013
Rebecca R. H. Michelseen, PhD  Aerosols in our Atmosphere

January 8, 2013
Everett, Carpenter, PhD   Magnets Matter:  The history and role of magnets in consumer alternative energy applications

December 4, 2012
Shirley M. Taylor, PhD   Epigenetics:  How environmental influences are inherited across generations

October 2, 2012
Earnest B. McGowen, III   What Research Reveals About Why We Vote

September 4, 2012
Matthew R. Francis, PhD   Black Holes Don’t Suck

August 7, 2012
Jose Ulises Reveles Ramirez, PhD 
 Energy:  The problems we face and the prospect of solar cells

June 5, 2012
Mark A. Reimers, PhD 
  Human Genesis:  Evolution and the human condition