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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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Suds & Science SPECIAL: Finding New Habitable Worlds


Some people believe that humans will need to look to inhabit new worlds if we want to survive. Some scientists are looking closely at exoplanets as the solution. But what are exoplanets? How do we find them? And what if there’s already someone out there? Join researchers Dr. Adam Burgasser, Dr. Shelley Wright from UCSD and Dr. William Welsh from SDSU as we discuss what it takes to find new worlds and what our odds are to move to another planet someday.

Date & Time: Monday, November 19; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Drinks available for purchase and you are welcome to bring in your favorite food!

Location: Mission Brewery, 1441 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101


Suds & Science—Online Dating. Just 20 years ago, online dating was a highly stigmatized social practice that accounted for a miniscule proportion of relationships. Today, it is the third most common way that couples meet. Join Dr. Kevin Lewis, a sociologist at UCSD, to discuss the social science surrounding this unprecedented historical trend. How do online dating sites work? Who uses them—and who SHOULD use them? Do couples who meet online look any different—or last longer—than couples who meet via more “traditional” means? And how is online dating transforming the very nature of love, intimacy and compatibility in today’s increasingly digital world?
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE! Date & Time: Monday, December 3; 6:30–8 p.m.


Cost: $5. Food & drinks are available for purchase. Come early to place your food and drink order at the bar!


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



NOVEMBER 2018: Suds & Science: The Prehistoric History of San Diego & Ethical Archaeology
From Paleo-Indians to the first European contact, San Diego has a very rich history. Much of what we know about our history and heritage has been unearthed by the fascinating work of archaeologists. But what does archeology in the field look like? How does an excavation site work and what does the term destructive excavation mean? Join us a Robert Bolger, Archeologist, leads us through San Diego’s history, explains how excavation sites work and how to practice Archeology ethically.


OCTOBER 2018: Suds & Science SPECIAL: A World From a Sheet of Paper with Dr. Tadashi Tokieda, professor of mathematics at Stanford

The Fleet Science Center and The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) are excited to present this special lecture:

Starting from just a sheet of paper, by folding, stacking, crumpling, sometimes tearing, we will explore a variety of phenomena, from magic tricks and geometry to nonlinear elasticity and the traditional Japanese art of origami. Much of the lecture consists of table-top demos, which you can try later with friends and family.

So, take a sheet of paper. . .


OCTOBER 2018: Suds & Science: Cyber Security in the Age of the Internet

From phishing emails to refrigerators that automatically order groceries to self-driving cars, the world of cyber security is becoming increasingly more complicated and more important. Join us as Dr. Stefan Savage, Professor of Computer Science at UCSD and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, discusses his research and work on cybersecurity in cars, the economics of cybercrime and defenses against malware.


SEPTEMBER 2018: Suds & Science: We Could, But Should We?
Human gene editing could be used to modify existing people or people’s descendants. For decades, people have been debating whether we should actually conduct human gene editing, but for the first time, it seems actually possible. We can, but should we? Join Dr. John Evans, Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics at UCSD, as he walks us through the ethical debate surrounding human genetic modification.


JULY 2018: Suds & Science—Cars That Think
From Tesla to General Motors, all the major car manufacturers are racing to have driverless car technology ready for 2021. How realistic is that goal? Where is technology now and what are the benefits and concerns society and technologists have to address before self-driving cars will become part of our daily lives? Join Dr. Henrik Christensen, Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair in Robot Systems, Jacobs School of Engineering, as he discusses these and other questions.

JUNE 2018: Suds & Science—From Research to Health Practice  
Suds & Science talks have highlighted a vast array of new and exciting research findings that could lead to new medicines and cures for diseases. But what does it take to translate these research findings into practice? What strategies are the most effective to disseminate and implement new findings, and how are new interventions prioritized for dissemination? What is the role of community members? Join Dr. Suzanne Lindsay, Associate Professor and Associate Director for Practice at SDSU, as she discusses examples of successful academic/community partnerships that enhanced the uptake of new interventions and improved health.  

May 2018: Suds & Science—Messages From Space

Astronomers have expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared and optical light. A new instrument called NIROSETI, designed to scan the sky for pulses of infrared light, has begun to scour the sky for messages from other worlds. And new innovative SETI instrument, PANOSETI, is currently being designed to scan the entire sky continuously for unusual signals. Join Dr. Shelley Wright, Assistant Professor of Physics at UCSD, as she explains these new infrared and optical SETI programs and what she hopes it might find.

April 2018: Suds & Science—The Neuroscience of Addiction. These days, we read more and more news of young adults binge drinking and the opioid crisis, among other things. Join Dr. Olivier George, Associate Professor at The Scripps Research Institute, as he shares his work that tries to unveil the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the transition to drug addiction and to develop novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments to reduce compulsive drug seeking and taking. 
February 2018: Suds & Science—Food, Exercise and Metabolism. Dark chocolate and red wine are good for you, sugar is bad and always make sure to carb load the night before a marathon. This is just some of the nutritional advice that is often seen in news articles and social media posts. But what is the science behind nutrition and exercise? What effects do diet and exercise really have on blood lipids, bone health and energy metabolism? Join Dr. Mark Kern, Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at SDSU, as he shares his latest research on how foods and exercise affect metabolism.

January 2018: Suds & Science. The Modern Search for a Theory of Everything. Dr. Don Lincoln, a particle physicist and senior scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago, is the winner of the 2017 Andrew Gemant Award, an annual prize recognizing the significant contributions to the cultural, artistic or humanistic dimensions of physics by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The ultimate goal of physics is to invent a theory of everything which explains all of creation from first principles. In popularized science literature, one encounters speculative theories like superstrings, or an envisioned unification of known forces into a single, underlying force as well as the wedding of the standard model of the quantum realm with the cosmic realm of Einstein’s general relativity.  However, physics is an empirical science which needs verification and a credible path forward.  The energy scale at which a theory of everything is imagined to reign in popularized science literature is a quadrillion times higher than can currently be tested in the laboratory.  In this lecture, Lincoln will sketch out a realistic roadmap: where we’ve come and where we still must go.  He will give you a realistic sense of what strides the research community is taking on this grandest of scientific journeys.

December 2017: Suds & Science. Cosmology in Antarctica and Chile. Join Dr. Nicholas Galitzki from UCSD as he shares his experiences working in Antarctica and Chile, updates us on the Simons Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert and illuminates us on the most recent cosmological research, including cosmic microwave background radiation and near infrared background.

November 2017: A New Stellar Order. Join us for an evening of art, film, and astronomy, as we premiere "A New Stellar Order," a film about NASA science illustrator and fine artist Melissa Walter. In this short film, viewers will be drawn into Walter’s world of astronomical inspirations as she shares insights about her process on select works. 

October 2017: Suds & Science—Psychology as a Cultural Agent of Change. Join Yvette Currie, licensed MFT and Deployment Resilience Counselor (DRC), as she shares her experience using psychology and counseling to effect cultural change on deployed Navy ships around issues such as sexual assault.

September 2017: The Cradle of the Universe. Join Dr. Britton Smith as he shares his research on the first generation of stars in the universe, the computer simulations he uses to study the explosions of these early stars and why these explosions were thousands of times more massive than the explosions of stars we observe today.