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Suds & Science

A “Spirited” Discussion

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. 

Schedule 2019



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 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. 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


Suds & Science—Weaving Shrimp & Drugs from the Sea
About 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 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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


Suds & Science: Heart Disease—Why Studying Both Men and Women is Important

Heart disease has generally been thought of as a “man’s” disease but is currently a leading cause of death for both men and women. This bias within cardiac research and medicine led to the development of drugs that weren’t as effective or had more severe side effects in half the population simply because women weren’t considered in basic research studies, clinical trials and almost every other step of drug development. Due to advocacy efforts of researchers and clinicians across the world, this is changing. 

For this month’s Suds & Science we’ll chat about why the heart is the coolest organ (sorry brain lovers!), what is biologically different between the hearts of men and women, both during healthy times and during states of disease.

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