UA Science Cafes

Discover the fascinating science happening all around us at a Science Café series this Spring 2014, brought to you by UA Science. A Science Café brings the community together with a UA scientist in a casual setting. You’ll learn about the latest research, get to know the people doing science, and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions. We have four separate series at different locations this fall, all with their own themes for fascinating science discussions. Come join the conversation!

All Cafés begin at 6:00 pm. and go until 7:30 p.m.


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Downtown Science Café
“Follow The Water”
Where: Magpie's Gourmet Pizza
             605 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Speaker: Kelly Mott LaCroix from WRRC
Title: Good to the Last Drop? Understanding Arizona’s Water Opportunities and Challenges.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Speaker: Paul Brooks from Hydrology
Title: Mountain Snow: Water for Our Thirsty Desert Cities

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Speaker: Luke Pangle from LEO, Biosphere 2
Title: How Water Moves Through Landscapes: Cutting Edge Science from the Landscape Evolution Observatory

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Speaker: Rafe Sagarin, Biosphere 2Title: Our Desert Sea: The Changing Fate of the Gulf of California

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Speaker: Robert Glennon from UA Law SchoolTitle: Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It

Borderlands Brewing Science Café
Carson Scholars Series
Where: Borderlands Brewing
             119 E. Toole Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

Thursday, January 16
Speaker: Laurel Bellante
Title: Food for Thought: Agriculture, Green Labels, and Alternative Food Networks in Mexico.

Thursday, February 13
Speaker: Christina Greene
Title: The Local and the Global: Rethinking Food Security in a Time of Climate Change.

Thursday, March 13
Speaker: Lisa Wang
Title: The Bee's Knees: How Insect Color Vision Puts Food on Your Plate.

Thursday, April 17
Speaker: Blake Coughenour
Title: Our Changing Energy Landscape: New Solar Energy in the American Southwest.


College of Science Lectures at SaddleBrooke
Sky Island Series
Where: Desert View Performing Arts Center
             39900 Clubhouse Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739

The theme of the SaddleBrooke Science Café series this year will be “Sky Islands.” If you haven’t heard the term “Sky Island” before, it refers to the mountain ranges that surround us here in Southern Arizona, mountains that rise above our desert basins just like islands in the ocean rise above the water.  Our Sky Island mountains host an incredible diversity of plants and animals that make our region a very special place in the world.  You can learn more about Sky Islands in the “Exploring Sky Islands” exhibit at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, or in this video: Introduction to Arizona's Sky Islands

November 14, 2013       
Speaker: Pete Kresan
Title: Sky Island of Southern Arizona - a Visual Tour.

December 19, 2013     
Speaker: George Davis
Title: The Sky Islands, Geologically Speaking.

January 9, 2014     
Speaker: Dr. Vic Baker
Title:  Desert Floods.

February 12, 2014   
Speaker: Sergio Avila
Title: Islas Serranas: A virtual tour of the Sky Islands of Sonora.

March 20, 2014    
Speaker: Rick Brusca & Wendy Moore
Title: A Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains, with an Introduction to the Sky Islands of Arizona.

April 9, 2014     
Speaker: Paul Sheppard
Title: Great Moments in Dendrochronology:  Significant Accomplishments in Tree-Ring Science


Tumamoc Hill Lecture Series
Tumamoc Research Series
Where: Tumamoc Hill
             Off West Anklam Rd., just west of North Silverbell Rd.

The Tumamoc Hill Lecture Series provides speakers on topics that relate to the science, history, archeology, and educational mission of Tumamoc Hill.  Not everyone knows Tumamoc Hill even though it rises just west of downtown.  If you’re looking at “A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak) from downtown Tucson, then Tumamoc is the big hill just to the right, the one with the radio antennas on top.  The lectures are held in the library of the old Desert Laboratory, the buildings that are roughly half-way up the Hill.  You can’t drive up Tumamoc Hill, but you can walk up and there is a shuttle provided for the lectures.  The staff asks that you make a reservation for the lecture series so they can prepare for the right number of people, just send an email to or call 520-629-9455. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
It’s What’s Inside That Counts! How Fungi That Hide Within Healthy Desert Plants Just Might Change the World
Betsy Arnold, Associate Professor, School of Plant Sciences and Curator, Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium, University of Arizona

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ecology of Introduced and Feral Honey Bees on Tumamoc Hill
Stephen L. Buchmann, Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Affiliate Scientist, Department of Entomology, University of Arizona

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Nurse Plant Ecology and Its Origins on Tumamoc Hill
Gary Paul Nabhan, Kellogg Professor of Food and Water, University of Arizona


For More Information

Erin Deely
UA Science Outreach