UA Science Cafes

Discover the fascinating science happening all around us at a Science Café series this Fall 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
Extreme Weather” is the theme for the Downtown Science Café series this Fall 2014.  From superstorms and hurricanes to droughts and floods, extreme weather events have had devastating impacts on many regions of the United States over the past decade. Are extreme weather events increasing as our climate warms?  And how do we prepare?  Learn the latest science of “Extreme Weather” from top University of Arizona researchers at this new Downtown Science Café series.
Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza
605 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705
520-628-1661 ·
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Global Warming: Implications for Changing Climate Extremes
    Speaker: Jonathan Overpeck
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Adventures with Hurricanes
    Speaker: Liz Ritchie
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Discover the Science of Lightning: Cause and Effect
    Speaker: Ken Cummins
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Tracking Climate Extremes Across the Desert Southwest
    Speaker: Mike Crimmins
Borderlands Brewing
The Science Café series at Borderlands Brewing, in downtown Tucson features Carson Scholars, graduate students who are selected by the UA Institute of the Environment. Their research focuses on environmentally related science and solutions. 
Borderlands Brewing Co.
119 E. Toole Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
520-261-8773 ·
  • Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Wildlife on the Border: A Noninvasive Study of Human Impacts on Sonoran Pronghorn
    Speaker: Stephanie Doerries
  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Watersheds and Socialsheds: Adaptive Agricultural Systems in the Arid Americas
    Speaker: America Lutz Ley
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Ecosystem Services: How they Relate to the Conservation of Endangered Species
    Speaker: Aaron Lien
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Cheating in Plant Sex: How the Birds and (especially) the Bees Change the Outcome of Pollination Interactions
    Speaker: Sarah Richman
Astronomy” is the theme for the College of Science Lecture Series at SaddleBrooke this Fall 2014. The University of Arizona is a world leader in space research, and the lectures will highlight the innovative science being done by UA astronomers to better understand our place in the cosmos. 
Desert View Performing Arts Center
39900 Clubhouse Drive, Oro Valley, AZ
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 - 7:30pm
    Title: What Makes the Sun Shine?
    Speaker: Tom Fleming
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 - 7:30pm
    Title: What’s Up with all the Talk About Asteroids?
    Speaker: Ed Beshore
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 - 7:30pm
    Title: Into the Darkness: How the LSST will Help Image Deep into Space
    Speaker: Phil Pinto
Tumamoc Hill
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. South of “A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak). 
Lectures are held in the library of the old Desert Laboratory, 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. Please 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.
Off West Anklam Rd., just west of North Silverbell Rd.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: How to do Deal with Diverse Predators: Horned Lizard Ideas
    Speaker: Wade C. Sherbrooke
  • Tuesday, Oct 14, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Tumamoc Hill: an Island in the Desert Tortoise Landscape
    Speaker: Taylor Edwards
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Title: Social and Individual Intelligence: Insect Colonies as Models for Organized Societies
    Speaker: Anna Dornhaus

For More Information

Erin Deely
UA Science Outreach