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Birds, Birding, and Bias

Two topics in one program: Daniel Albrecht-Mallinger speaks about bird counts, detection probability, and learning how to learn. John L. Ditto, Jr. MD speaks about the likelihood of observation–requires an exploration of natural history, human learning, and the core question of the scientific process: how do we know what we know? This was Science Pub RVA’s final program in partnership with VPM’s Science Matters Initiative.

Hidden Histories of Medicine, Slavery, and Resistance

Yale University’s Carolyn Robbins, Ph.D. speaks about some of the hidden histories of African American medical practitioners during slavery. Dr. Roberts explores how the enslaved used botanical knowledge, herbal therapies, and spirituality as ways to resist brutality, cure disease, and heal their communities and how the slave trade contributed to the development of the pharmaceutical industry, the modernization of medicine, and the advancement of natural history. Held in January 2019, Dr. Robbins ‘talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

Life By Design: A Century of Synthetic Biology

University of New Mexico’s Louis Campos, Ph.D. speaks about a century of science history developing a “technology of the living substance”. Held May 2017, Dr. Campos’ talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

How Technology Changed Sports

Rayvon Fouché, Ph.D How Technology Changed Sports Science Pub RVA
Dr. Rayvon Fouche speaks about the history of technological advances that have impacted the games we love to watch and play.
Recorded April 8, 2018, this talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

Working Bees To Death

Sainath Suryanarayanan, Ph.D Working Bees To Death Science Pub RVA
Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan speaks about about the “new normal” of honey bee deaths and how it was shaped by historically established relationships of power and expertise between beekeepers, entomologists, growers, agrochemical corporations and governmental agencies.
Recorded April 9, 2018, this talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

Philanthropy of the Body

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Susan Lederer, Ph.D. speaks about what motivates people to donate their bodies and how medical voluntarism changed over the last century. Held in February 2018, Dr. Lederer’s talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

Taming the American Car

Virginia Tech University’s Lee Vinsel, Ph.D. speaks about the rules of the road that fueled innovation in the face of competition, constraints and working for the common good. Held in March 2018, Dr. Vinsel’s talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

The Diversity Problem with Science

Harvard University’s Evelyn Hammonds, Ph.D. speaks about why is it we know so little about the lived experiences of scientists of color and their responses to the claims made about them in the name of science? Held in September 2017, Dr. Hammonds’ talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

Why To Love Doubt and Uncertainty

Colombia University’s Stuart Firestein, Ph.D speaks about ignorance, uncertainty and the essential role doubt has in the pursuit of knowledge. He examines how failure refines questions, creates paths forward, and that scientists’ communication of them would contribute to improving the public’s understanding of science which is less “scientific process” more “farting around in the dark”. Held in October 2017, Dr. Firestein’s talk was part of a series of eight science cafes jointly produced by Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

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