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Suds & Science at  Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
Suds & Science at Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
Suds & Science: Zombie
Suds & Science: Zombie
Suds & Science: Mars Colony
Suds & Science: Mars Colony

Sometimes, the most interesting discussions occur over a beer or a glass of your favorite vino. (Bonus points if you can remember what was said the next morning!) That’s the concept behind Suds & Science, a monthly event that brings scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. Each session kicks off with a short and enlightening presentation, after which the floor is open for discussion between the audience and the speaker. We cover a wide variety of topics that can range from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. We invite you to come sit back, sip your favorite beverage and participate in the discussion. Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into learning. 

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Schedule 2019 & 2020


Suds & Science: Heart Disease – Designing Novel Therapies to Mend Broken Hearts

Cardiovascular disease accounts for 1 in every 3 deaths in the US. Many forms of cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction or chronic hypertension, are associated with increased load-induced heart growth. This growth is associated with an increase in protein quantity to build the muscle and maintain function. But if the process of increasing proteins is not balanced with the loss of older non-functional proteins, it can lead to reduced cardiac performance which can lead to heart failure.  The fine balance of proteins is of critical importance for all cell function. Our lab believes that the cellular processes ensuring a protein balance provide exciting new opportunities for new therapies to treat a wide range cardiac pathologies. 

Date & Time: Monday, December 9; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase. Please come early to place your orders at the bar, as staff will not be available to take orders during the event.

Location: Stone Brewing World Garden & Bistro Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106


Health impacts of weather extremes in California's changing climate

Date & Time: Monday, January 13; 6:30–8 p.m.

As climate continues to evolve, so does the behavior of extreme weather events and their impacts on the health of an evolving population. Drs. Alexander Gershunov (climatologist) and Tarik Benmarhnia (epidemiologist) partner on interdisciplinary studies of extreme weather impacts on the health of California's complex population. Sasha and Tarik work to assess the links between weather patterns and health outcomes in a varying and changing climate. They will discuss how global climate change impacts local iconic weather patterns (atmospheric rivers, Santa Ana winds) as well as the significance of these weather patterns to public health. Specifically, they will focus on heat waves, fire weather, precipitation regimes and extremes and their impacts on health via thermal stress, smoke from wildfires, and toxic runoff to the coastal zone. As their results inform decisions, warnings and intervention strategies to improve health outcomes in California, they are thinking about how to apply the tools they develop in our data and resource-rich environment to other more vulnerable regions of the world.

Bio Dr. Gershunov:

Alexander (Sasha) Gershunov is a Research Meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. His research focuses on interrelated aspects of weather, climate and society. His professional interests include understanding the links between regional weather extremes and large-scale climate variability and change, the atmospheric water cycle, fire weather, climate influence on society and human influence on climate. Sasha is affiliated with various organizations focused on regionally relevant climate research with benefit to society ranging from education to resource management. He enjoys conveying scientific results not only to the scientific community via peer-reviewed research articles published in professional journals, but also beyond, to stakeholders and the public via various other means, documents, presentations and good old-fashioned human interaction. Sasha enjoys working with colleagues and friends across borders and disciplines.

Bio Dr. Benmarhinia

Dr. Benmarhnia is an assistant professor at UCSD with a joint appointment with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the School of Medicine. 
Dr. Benmarhnia has a unique niche of combining expertise in epidemiology study design and health risk assessment with climate and econometric models, in addition to clear understanding of health policy and a passion for social science and equity as they relate to public health.

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Beer available for purchase. Feel free to bring in your favorite food for dinner. If you are looking to order locally you can visit URBN Woodfired Pizza in Vista, When Pigs Fly BBQ El Ranchero and more. 

Location: Wavelength Brewing, 236 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084


Not Your Grandfather’s Stem Cells: What is the latest in the world of stem cells & why are Californians on the cutting-edge?

Over the 40 years since the discovery of the “stem cell”, there has been a growing appreciation of the depth and richness of its biological repertoire and its place in almost every human condition. By recognizing that they are part of fundamental developmental processes (which, viewed broadly, embraces not only congenital problems, but also cancer, degeneration, aging, injury/trauma, metabolism, behavioral/cognitive disorders), stem cells have become both potential mediators of therapy as well as tools for gaining insights into many aspects of human biology, leading to “non-stem cell”-based therapies (e.g., drug discovery, personalized/precision medicine, organ replacement, genome editing, trait enhancement, disease modeling, etc.). In addition, our appreciation of the multiple mechanisms of therapeutic action of the stem cell itself has deepened. This growing knowledge of the multifaceted nature of stem cell action combined with a more sophisticated view of the true complexity of disease pathophysiology has forced us constantly to revise our therapeutic targets, our therapeutic goals, and our therapeutic read-outs. Join Dr. Evan Snyder (Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Insititute) as he discusses all of these topics—with a tip-of-the-hat to California—which has been at the leading-edge of what he likes to call “translational developmental biology”

Date & Time: Monday, February 10; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase

Location: Mangia Italiano, 248 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910


Under Pressure: How the Body Uses Force to Function

Aristotle defined five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch.  These are simply a selection of the senses that are most obvious to you - but there are so many more!  These five senses detect external stimuli, but you also have many ways of detecting internal stimuli. You are aware of some internal senses, like balance and proprioception, but others are used to actively monitor your body for important functions every day, and you never even realize. Many internal senses rely on a single stimulus: force.  Whether it be your heart beat, your churning stomach or your filling bladder, your nervous system detects force and tells the body to react appropriately.  The mechanisms behind how this happens are still a new area of study.  Dr. Marshall from Scripps Research will tell you about how you feel inside and why it matters to your health. 

Kara L Marshall, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Ardem Patapoutian at Scripps Research. Her PhD work at Columbia University explored the skin neurons that detect force to convey the sense of touch. Her current work has moved inside the body, where she is now attempting to understand what neurons detect force in internal organs to affect numerous different physiological processes. 

Date & Time: Monday, March 9; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase. Please come early to place your orders at the bar, as staff will not be available to take orders during the event.

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


LGBTQIAP2+: Welcoming Diversity

LGBTQIAP2+—a list of initials, numbers, and symbols that describes a vibrant community of individuals—keeps changing. The dynamic nature of the list, while potentially confusing, reflects the ongoing efforts of the community to both represent and welcome individuals with unique and evolving ways of defining themselves with regard to biological sex, gender identity, romantic attraction, sexuality, spirituality, and advocacy. Join us this month as Dr. Erin N. Castelloe facilitates a conversation focused on the LGBTQIAP2+ community. Dr. Castelloe invites attendees to share questions, experiences, and narratives that will nurture greater understanding and acceptance of diversity in our world.

Erin Nissen Castelloe, MD, California-licensed and American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)-certified physician, independent pharmacovigilance consultant, and comprehensive sexuality educator, divides her professional time between clinical research and teaching. She collaborates with organizations that are developing medications for conditions with few or no treatment options and is currently focused on treatments for Alzheimer disease, achondroplasia, and Prader-Willi syndrome. In addition, she creates and delivers educational programs that empower individuals and communities, promote health and well-being, and nurture respectful communication and social justice. She warmly welcomes opportunities to network and can be reached through her web sites: www.erincastelloe.com and www.castelloe.org.

Date & Time: Monday, April 13; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase. 

Location: TENTATIVELY: Hooleys Irish Pub, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr #247, La Mesa, CA 91942