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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


JANUARY 

Suds & Science—How Healthy are our Winters? In the western US, water stored as mountain snowpack is a critical source of freshwater for society, and fundamental to healthy mountain ecosystems. During years of heavy snowfall and deep mountain snowpack, freshwater streams are filled with rapidly flowing water, reservoirs remain full, and our mountain ecosystems are healthy. Conversely, years with poor snowpack are associated with unfilled reservoirs, stressed and dying forests, and a prolonged fire season. As the planet continues to warm, theory and computer model simulations show that over time mountain snowpack should decline over the 21st century, although detection of such trends in historical observations has been limited by the available data. Join Dr. Amato Evan, professor of atmospheric and climate science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in a discussion of rising temperatures, mountain snowpack, and the impacts on our mountain ecosystems and communities. Dr. Evan will present a new analysis of historical observations of mountain snowpack to show that the effects of global warming are already being “felt” in the western US. We will discuss the characteristics and consequences of declining snowpack, and attempt to address the question, “how healthy are our winters?”


Date & Time: Monday, January 14; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Drinks available for purchase and you are welcome to bring in your favorite food! You can order at the following neighboring restaurants, and they will deliver your order to Wavelength: When Pigs Fly BBQ, URBN Vista.

Location: Wavelength Brewing Co, 236 Main St, Vista, CA 92084


FEBRUARY

Suds & Science—What Insects can Teach us about Robotics. 
 
Date & Time: Monday, February 11; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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

Tickets will go on sale soon!

MARCH

Suds & Science—The Plastic Brain—Can We Stop Neurodegeneration? The young brain has an extraordinary ability to remodel in response to experience:  what we see, what we hear, etc… shape the circuits of a healthy brain. This ability is called “plasticity” and it declines with age as our brain circuits mature. But what happens when the brain loses plasticity? Can we boost plasticity at older ages to help the brain self-repair? New research is revealing the mechanisms that underlie plasticity, and tries to answer long-standing questions on how to keep our brains in shape.

Date & Time: Monday, March 4; 6:30–8 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE! We are hosting this event on the first Monday of the month (instead of the second) in conjunction with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.

Cost: $5. 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


APRIL

Suds & Science—The Internet of Biology: How graphene biosensors are giving people instant access to their biology.
Knowing what is happening inside your body is virtually impossible, e.g., is the medication you took working or do you have the flu or a bacterial infection? While the internet and the digital ecosystem have enabled instant personal access to most facts, the parts of our lives governed by biology are still shockingly unavailable. Nanomedical Diagnostics’ state-of-the-art graphene-based biosensors are connecting biology directly to the Internet of Biology; thus shining light on biological unknowns for the first time. Join Dr. Francie Barron, Vice President of Research & Development and Regulatory Affairs for Nanomedical Diagnostics, as she walks us through what is a graphene-based biosensor, the challenges with FDA regulation, and how Nanomed is empowering San Diego innovators to give us the knowledge to access our biology and impact our health.


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

Cost: $5. Drinks available for purchase and you are welcome to bring in your favorite food! You can order at the following neighboring restaurants, and they will deliver your order to Wavelength: When Pigs Fly BBQ, URBN Vista.

Location: Wavelength Brewing Co, 236 Main St, Vista, CA 92084


MAY

Suds & Science—Climate Change and its Effects on Antarctica.
 
Date & Time: Monday, May 13; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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

Tickets will go on sale soon!

JUNE

Suds & Science—The Human Microbiome.

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

Cost: $5. 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

Tickets will go on sale soon!


JULY

Suds & Science—More information to follow

 

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

Cost: $5. Drinks available for purchase and you are welcome to bring in your favorite food! You can order at the following neighboring restaurants, and they will deliver your order to Wavelength: When Pigs Fly BBQ, URBN Vista.

Location: Wavelength Brewing Co, 236 Main St, Vista, CA 92084

Tickets will go on sale soon!

AUGUST

Suds & Science—More information to follow
 
Date & Time: Monday, August 12; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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

Tickets will go on sale soon!

SEPTEMBER

Suds & Science—Forensic Science and the CSI Effect. Forensic science can be an integral part of criminal investigation and this field has become increasingly publicized by TV shows, podcasts, and current news stories. How do crime related shows influence the public's perception about forensics?  What are the limitations of the field?  What does the future of forensics looks like?  Join Roxanne Kotzebue, a criminalist at the San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory, to discuss what actually happens in a forensic lab. 

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

Cost: $5. 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


OCTOBER

Suds & Science—The surprising connections around us in the natural (and unnatural) world. We all recognize that individual habitats, populations, and even people are “connected”, in that what affects one may have profound and often unexpected implications in others. Dr. Drew Talley has been studying these connections in habitats ranging from salt marshes to desert islands. He will present examples of these connections, focusing on 30 years of research in Bahía de los Ángeles, Mexico, and show how this journey to understand these ecosystems has led to insights about critical connections not just between seemingly disparate habitats, but between different fields of science, between countries, and even between academic, public, and education sectors.

 

Date & Time: Monday, October 14; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Drinks available for purchase and you are welcome to bring in your favorite food! You can order at the following neighboring restaurants, and they will deliver your order to Wavelength: When Pigs Fly BBQ, URBN Vista.

Location: Wavelength Brewing Co, 236 Main St, Vista, CA 92084


NOVEMBER

Suds & Science—Weaving Shrimp & Drugs from the SeaAbout 65% of the pharmaceuticals approved for use in the United States have their origins in natural products, and the marine environment is considered to to be one of the most promising places to look for new natural products! In fact, there are already thirteen marine natural product based drugs approved in the US for the treatment of such ailments as pain, various cancers, viral infections, and high cholesterol. While marine natural products hold an increasingly important role in the clinic, they are also an invisible yet dramatic influence on coral reef ecosystems. Come share a beer with Chris Leber, a chemical ecologist and natural products scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, to chat about how cyanobacteria can be used to treat diseases and also to build toxic shrimp houses, why some critters prefer to eat poisonous algae, and how our search for drugs in the sea is fruitless without a strong commitment to maintaining healthy ecosystems and preserving biodiversity.
 
Date & Time: Monday, November 11; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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


DECEMBER

Suds & Science—Cardiac Research.

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

Cost: $5. 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

Tickets will go on sale soon!