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

Off for the Summer

Science Café is taking a summer break, then will resume again in September with a new line-up of speakers. Please check back late August.

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.

Video Archives

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

Previous Science Cafés


2014

Date

Topic

Speaker

May 6 The Quest for Absolute Zero in a Magnetic Field Tim Murphy, MagLab physicist
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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