UA Science Cafes
Discover the fascinating science happening all around us at a Science Café series this Fall 2013, 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
“Science of the Senses” from the School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior
Where: Magpie's Gourmet Pizza
605 N. 4th Ave
The theme for the Downtown Science Café series this year will be “Science of the Senses” featuring researchers from the UA College of Mind, Brain, and Behavior. We have learned so much recently about how our brains work, and how they process the information that enables our senses, like sight and hearing and smell. This is fascinating new science!
The Downtown Science Café series will take place at the remodeled Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza on 4th Avenue starting on Tuesday, September 17. The first Café will feature Mary Peterson, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program. She’ll be talking about how our brain constructs what we “see” with our eyes – really amazing stuff! Mary is a wonderful science communicator, so don’t miss this Café!
Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013
Speaker: Mary Peterson
Title: How Could You Not See That? How Our Brain Constructs Our Sight
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Speaker: Andrew Lotto
Title: Speech, Music & Rhythm: The Science (and Art) of Hearing
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
Speaker: Leslie Tolbert
Title: The Sense of Smell: An Acquired Taste
Tuesday Dec 17, 2013
Speaker: Todd Vanderah
Title: No Chronic Pain, All Gain: Developing Non-Addictive Pain Relievers
Borderlands Brewing Science Café
Carson Scholars Series
Where: Borderlands Brewing
119 E. Toole Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
This new Science Café series at Borderlands Brewing in downtown Tucson will feature young researchers from the Carson Scholars program at the UA Institute of the Environment. The Carson Scholars are graduate students who focus on environmentally related science and work to communicate their science to the public. The name comes from Rachel Carson, the marine biologist who wrote the 1962 book “Silent Spring” that sparked the environmental movement in the United States.
Thursday, Sept. 12th, 2013
Speakers: Marielle Smith and Ty Taylor
Title: Climate Change Research and Adventure in the Brazilian Amazon
Thursday, Oct. 10th , 2013
Speaker: Luke Parsons
Title: The Ocean and the Amazon: Making the Climate Connection
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Speaker: Eric Magrane
Title: Biodiversity: What's Poetry Got To Do With It?
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Speaker: Rodrigo Renteria
Title: The shadow on the mountain: The Seri people and Bighorn Sheep Hunting on Tiburon Island
College of Science Lectures at Saddlebrook
Sky Island Series
Where: Desert View Performing Arts Center
399000 Clubhouse Drive
Oro Valley, AZ
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 introductory video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTzFM9KEfHE&list=TLUwtivIscRLg
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 13, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-629-9455.
September 17, 2013
Speaker: Jeremy Vetter, Ph.D.
Title: Desert Science and Mountain Science: Field Stations in the Early 20th Century American West
October 22, 2013
Speaker: Noah Whiteman, Ph.D.
Topic: A New Look at an Old Nemesis: Are Desert Mistletoes Generators of Biodiversity in the Sonoran Desert?
November 19, 2013
Speaker: Michael Rosenzweig, Ph.D.
Topic: Reconciliation Ecology: New Urban Ecosystems to Preserve Tusocn's Biodiversity
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