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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: bimonthly events that bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. The evening begins with a 15- to 20-minute 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: August 14

Time: 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m.

Location: Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, 2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA 92101

PLEASE Note: This event requires a paid ticket! We will not be able to accept walk-ins! 

Cost: $10 - Your ticket will include 2 beers from Mother Earth Brewing Company! Guests can purchase dinner from one of San Diego's fine food trucks.

Proceeds from the event will support operations for both the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Topic: This Stings! The Life and Death of Bees

Bees play a vital role in our eco system as they are among the prime pollinators of plants in the US and a reduction of their population can have a drastic effect on crops and wild flowers. Many articles have been written about colony collapse disorder, but what exactly is it? And how does a bee hive function? How do bees communicate? Join bee keeper Mari Jarvis and Dr. Heather Bell from UCSD as they discuss the life and death of bees and what we can do to support a healthy bee population.

About Dr. Heather Bell:

Dr. Bell is a Canadian postdoctoral researcher currently working primarily on honey bee communication in the Nieh Lab at UCSD. Prior to coming to the lab, she worked with rats, cockroaches, crickets and fish, examining how pairs of animals interact with one-another. In her current work, she seeks  to extend the lessons learned during her graduate work, and apply them to how whole colonies of bees work together to achieve common goals, such as food-gathering, finding new homes, and waging warfare. 

About Mari Jarvis

Mari Jarvis started keeping bees in 1979 on a wooded lot in a Maryland suburb. Southern California's many charms eventually drew her to the West Coast, but paradise came at a price: backyard beekeeping was still illegal in her adpted home of San Diego. When the city eased beekeeping ordinance in 2012, Jarvis set up hives in her backyard and began looking for additional opportunities to employ her skills  and strengthen the beekeeping community. Today she volunteers to rescue and relocate honeybee swarms and colonies throughout San Diego. She is a Treatment Free beekeeper who believes that artificial beekeeping methods  are partly to blame for many of the pressing problems facing honeybees today. Jarvis is the President of the CA State Beekeeping Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to promote honeybee awareness, education and research. Jarvis holds a master's degree in health education from the University of Maryland and has worked in education and nonprofits her entire professional life.

Eventbrite - Suds & Science - CSI & Bones: Hollywood Fluff or Real Forensic Anthropology?

Date: September 14

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

Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station
2816, Historic Decatour 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, it's benefits and it's 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.

Eventbrite - Suds & Science - Genetic Engineering - Can it be the Solution to the World's Problems?

Molecular Assemblies Inc

Date: November 9

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

Location: TBD
Topic: GMO's: 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.

Eventbrite - Suds & Science - GMO's: the Facts, the Myths and the Hype