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Suds & Science

An Evening of Thinking and Drinking

Suds & Science
Suds & Science
Suds & Science at  Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
Suds & Science at Callahan’s Pub & Brewery

It’s not a scientific mystery that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. And thus, the idea for Suds & Science was born: monthly events that bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. The evening begins with a short fun-yet-informative presentation, which kicks off an extended discussion between the scientist and the audience—all while the audience drinks along. You can learn about everything from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. All of that for the price of a beverage! Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into science.


Date: September 14

Time: 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m.

Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, San Diego, CA 92106


Topic: Genetic Engineering—Can It Be the Solution to the World's Problems?

Can genetic engineering cure AIDS or cancer? Will we be able to manufacture the "Youth Gene"? Will human cloning be possible? Join Curt Becker as he discusses the future of genetic engineering, its benefits and its challenges.

About Mr. Curt Becker:

As a founder of Applied Biosystems, Curt Becker was in the forefront of developing, commercializing and supporting many of the enabling technologies of the biotech industry, and was instrumental in growing the company to the Fortune 1000 level. In 2006, he founded New Dimension Performance; a strategic development, planning and implementation partner for business executives and their teams.

In 2013, realizing that one of the technologies developed by his company Applied Biosystems many years ago was still used universally and had become an impediment to modern application (often referred to as biotech 2.0), Curt reunited with his former colleague Bill Efcavitch and formed Molecular Assemblies to enable a new era of biotechnology through the development of next-generation DNA synthesis processes. Additionally, Mr. Becker participates in the community by contributing as a marketing domain expert with Connect's Springboard program and multiple STEM education-based programs.

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Molecular Assemblies Inc


Date: October 12

Time: 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m.

Location: TBD

Topic: Neuroscience and the Zombie Brain. 100% Real Science. 100% Nerdy Fun.

With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior and apparently memory-less existence, zombies are the walking nightmares of our deepest fears. Can we use modern neuroscience methods to explain what a zombie brain might look like? Can their characteristic behaviors be explained by real neurological disorders? And how can we best defend ourselves against zombies?

Join Dr. Bradley Voytek, assistant professor at UCSD’s Department of Cognitive Science and the Neurosciences Graduate Program, as he takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to show how zombies can be understood through modern neuroscience.


About Dr. Voytek:

Bradley Voytek is an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego and an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF. His research centers around the computational role that neural oscillations play in coordinating information transfer in the brain. His research program combines large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research. He is also known for his zombie brain “research” with his friend and fellow neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen, with whom he has published the book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?, by Princeton University Press. He blogs at Oscillatory Thoughts and is active on twitter as @bradleyvoytek.

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Date: November 9

Time: 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m.

Location: TBD

Topic: GMOs: the Facts, the Myths and the Hype

We have all heard many arguments for and against GMOs in our diet. Join Emily Burke, PhD, as she explains what GMOs are and what we need to understand about them.

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