Cheers & Thanks

September 1, 2020

(names and links below)

Since our start in June 2012, we’ve hosted 72 scientific thinkers from a variety of scientific fields, backgrounds, organizational affiliations, and career stages. For some, presenting at Science Pub RVA was their first experience communicating directly with a public audience.  We loved working with them to strengthen their ability to communicate what they know, what they do, and why it matters.  Cheers & Thanks to all our #SciPubRVA Alumni! 

And . . . Cheers & Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan whose generous contributions to VPM sustained a fun and rewarding partnership with VPM Science Matters for five seasons, concluding August 2020.

We’re thinking about what’s next — how we can serve the community, serve scientists, and how we can fund future offerings.  We welcome your input. Be in touch if you’d like to kick around an idea for funding, a short project, a longer collaboration, a full partnership, or a transformation.

Email cj.gibbs@absorbsomething.com

August 31, 2020 – Birds, Birding, and Bias

Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, Instructor, Researcher, and Sustainability Certificate Advisor, Virginia Commonwealth University

John L. Ditto, Jr, M.D., Otolaryngology surgeon, citizen scientist, and past Field Trip Coordinator for the Richmond Audubon Society

June 9, 2020 – Trust

Cary Funk, Ph.D., Associate Professors, University of RichmondDirector of Science and Society Research, Pew Research Center

Nina Farmer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Randolph-Macon College

February 18, 2020 – Why We Vote and Why Polls Perplex

Ernest McGowen, III, Ph.D., Associate Professors, University of Richmond

December 9, 2019 – Virtual Reality: A Path to Empathy with three presenters

Jill B. Ware, Assistant Professor, Virginia Union University

John Henry Blatter, Assistant Professor, Virginia Union University

John E. Nestler, MD, MACP, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicin

June 17, 2019 – CBD: What to Know and Forensic Science in an Opioid Landscape

Michelle Peace, Ph.D., Associate Professors, Virginia Commonwealth University

May 7, 2019 – The Biology of Sexual Conflict

Robert M. Cox, Associate Professors, University of Virginia

April 8, 2019 –  How Technology Changed Sports

Rayvon Fouche, Ph.D., Professor, Purdue University

March 5, 2019 – Toxic Air in my Urban Veggie Garden with two presenters

Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdulla, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Union University

Duron Chavis, Manager of Community Engagement, lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

January 30. 2019 –  Hidden History of Medicine, Slavery, and Resistance

Carolyn Roberts, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Yale University

October 30, 2019  – Visualize This with five presenters

Sarah Faris, M.A., Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Communication Arts & Principal and Owner, SciMed Studios

Sarah Morgan, Ph.D. student, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D., Climate and earth scientist with the Science Museum of Virginia

Andy Lacatell, Virginia Chesapeake Bay Director with The Nature Conservancy

Joseph Reiner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Experimental biophysics, Experimental nanoscience at VCU

May 15, 2018 – Angie Hilliker, Ph.D.Genetically Modified – Food For Thought

April 9, 2018 – Sainath Suryanarayanan, Ph.D. Working Bees To Death

March 14, 2018 – Lee Vinsel, Ph.D.Taming The American Car

February 7, 2018 – Susan Federer Ph.D. Philanthropy Of The Body

January 2018 – – One Night, Two Researches – Three Minute Thesis Winners with two presenters — Diana Dinescu, Ph.D. and Rachel Davies, Ph.D. Candidate

October 24, 2017 – Stuart Firestein, Ph.D. – Why to Love Doubt and Uncertainty

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

August 21, 2017 – David Cifu, Ph.D.  –  Beyond the Battlefield: PTSD Research for Recovery

June 21, 2017 – Cedar Reiner, Ph.D.    The Science of Illusions 

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

April 12, 2017 – Puru Jena, Ph.D.  –  Nano Power: Small Science Big Future

March 27, 2017 – Narbe Kalantarians, Ph.D.  –  Nailing The Neutron

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

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

October 17, 2016 –Carrie Arnold, M.P.H. & M.A.  –  From Science to Stories

September 21, 2016 –Edward Millner, Ph.D.  –  Is Economic Science an Oxymoron?

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

June 29, 2016 – –  Personalized Medicine – with two presenters – Rita Shiang, PhD, and John M Quillin, Ph.D.

May 17, 2016 – Carlietta Paige-Anderson, Ph.D.  – Rift Valley Fever Virus

April 6, 2016 – Oliver Gaycken, Ph.D.    Early Popular Science Films

February 25, 2016 – Adelheid Voskuhl, Ph.D.    Androids in History

February 2, 2016 – W Patrick McCray, Ph.D.    ReWiring Art: Collaborations of Artists and Engineers

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

December 1, 2015 – Amy Rector Verrelli, Ph.D.    Homo naledi and Burying Our Dead

October 20, 2015 – Jack Singal, Ph.D.   An Astronomical Revolution

September 8, 2015  Migration Marvels and Citizen Science – with three presenters
Lewis Barnett, Ph.D. and Jenna Dodson and Nicholas Moy

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

May 5, 2015 – Drew Luellen, Ph.D.  Microplastics in the Environment

April 16, 2015 –  Oh The Humanity – with two presenters

Amy Rector Verrilli, Ph.D. & Brian Verrelli, Ph.D

April 1, 2015Briana Pobiner, Ph.D.   Ancient Appetites

March 26, 2015Karen Rader, Ph.D.   Evolution in Museums

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

October 7, 2014 – Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D.   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 Ripples from the Big Bang, Henry Nebel, Ph.D. and Jack Singal, Ph.D
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, Ph.D.   Going Viral

January 28, 2014 – Anne Wright   Forgotten Pools

December 4, 2013 – Chris Savage   Manufacturing Movement

November 12, 2013 – Karla Mossi, Ph.D.   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, Ph.D.   Brains, Biology & Morality

September 17, 2013 – Adam Dreyfus   Unlocking Autism

June 4, 2013Matthew Francis, Ph.D.   Mining for Dark Matter

May 7, 2013Cedar Riener, Ph.D.  –  The Science of Illusions

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

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

February 12, 2013Rebecca R. H. Michelsen, Ph.D.  Aerosols in our Atmosphere

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

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

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

September 4, 2012 – Matthew R. Francis, Ph.D.   Black Holes Don’t Suck

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

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