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What happens when you mix good food, libations and science? Lively conversation!

May Science Café

Who: Tim Murphy, MagLab physicist
When: Tuesday, May 6, 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Backwoods Bistro, 401 E. Tennessee Street
Cost: Free

That’s the formula for Tallahassee’s Science Café, sponsored by the Magnet Lab and Backwoods Bistro. This year, we’ve prepared a savory selection of scientific topics designed to stimulate your mental palate. Just check out our list of speakers below.

Science Café usually meets the first Tuesday of the month throughout the school year (September to May). Things get rolling around 6:15 p.m. and wind up about 7:30 p.m., and it all happens at Backwoods Bistro located at 401 E Tennessee Street (close to Leon High School). Our speakers are coached to keep their opening comments brief and informal, so that your questions and comments can help determine the flow of the conversation.

Because of the cafés’ popularity, some talks have been standing room only. So come early for a good seat, to order something tasty or get in your drink order.

Upcoming Science Cafés

  • May 6: Tim Murphy, MagLab physicist, will talk about some of the strange things that happen to materials at really cold temperatures.
  • Video Archives

    To watch past Science Cafés, please visit our video archives.

    Previous Science Cafés


    2014

    Date

    Topic

    Speaker

    April 1 Tallahassee’s Magneto Man Speaks: 10 Years at the Top Greg Boebinger, MagLab director
    March 4 Extreme Weather: Behind the Scenes Jeffry Evans, National Weather Service meteorologist
    Feb. 4 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Molecules of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring chemist Amy McKenna.
    Amy McKenna, MagLab chemist

    2013

    Date

    Topic

    Speaker

    Dec. 3 The Motion of the Ocean: How Scientists Measure the Sea
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring oceanographer Nico Wienders.
    Nico Wienders, FSU Oceanographer.
    Oct. 1 Meteorites, Mars and the Moon
    Listen to a radio story.
    Munir Humayun, a professor of geochemistry at the MagLab.
    Sept. 3 3D Printing
    Watch a video of the event.
    David Brightbill and Mark Trombly, Making Awesome, Tallahassee’s Makerspace
    May 7 Sharks, Cancer and Pseudoscience
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring shark researcher Gary Ostrander.
    Gary K. Ostrander, FSU vice president of research and shark scientist
    April 4 Exploring Mars: What We’ve Learned Jennifer Stern, NASA space scientist, geochemist, former MagLab researcher
    March 5 Climate Sleuthing in Caves
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring cave detective Darrel Tremaine.
    Darrel Tremaine, graduate research assistant in geochemistry and cave detective
    Feb. 5 The Secret Life of Fish
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring fish expert Felicia Colman.
    Felicia Coleman, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab

    2012

    Date

    Topic

    Speaker

    Dec. 4 Lung Research: Babies, bubbles and breathing Joanna Long, MagLab
    Nov. 7 Beneath our Feet: The World of Fire Ants Walter Tschinkel, Florida State University
    Oct. 2 Sharks and the BP Oil Spill
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring shark expert and marine scientist Dean Grubbs.
    Dean Grubbs, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab
    Sept. 11 The Higgs Boson: Search and Discovery
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan on the Higgs boson.
    Harrison Prosper, Florida State University
    May 1 A Star Is Born: Global project aims to solve energy crisis
    Listen to a radio story by WFSU’s Tom Flanigan featuring Charlie Sanabria.
    Charlie Sanabria, MagLab
    April 3 Snakes & More: Biodiversity of the Big Bend Bruce Means, Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy
    March 6 Journey to Tibet: Science and the Woolly Rhino Yang Wang, MagLab
    Feb. 7 The Buzz on Bees: Honey Bee Colony Collapse & More Jamie Ellis, University of Florida

    2011

    Date

    Topic

    Speaker

    Dec. 5 From Bombs to Renewable Energy Albert Migliori, MagLab at Los Alamos National Lab
    Nov. 1 Creativity in Science Greg Boebinger, MagLab
    Oct. 4 Climate Change Jeff Chanton, Florida State University
    Sept. 6 Art in Science: The World of Microscopic Photography Mike Davidson, MagLab
    May 3 Chromium 6 and Tallahassee’s Drinking Water Vincent Salters, Florida State University, and other panelists
    April 5 It’s About Time Harrison Prosper, Florida State University
    March 1 Sex in the Soil Art Edison, MagLab at the University of Florida
    Feb. 1 The Birth of Modern Science: Who Applied the First Scientific Equation Sir Harold "Harry" W. Kroto, Florida State University

    2010

    Date

    Topic

    Speaker

    Dec. 7 The Great Unknown: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain Through MRI Susanne Cappendijk, Florida State University Medical School
    Nov. 2 Deconstructing Deepwater Horizon: Catastrophe and Cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico Amy McKenna and Ryan Rodgers, MagLab
    Oct. 5 From Bio Fuels to Better Batteries: Exploring America’s Energy Future Scott Hannahs, MagLab

    For more information about Science Café, contact Kristin Roberts, kroberts@magnet.fsu.edu


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