Science On Tap

Designed to connect the Ithaca community with Cornell faculty, Science on Tap is an event aimed to appeal to all audiences where folks can learn about the latest and greatest research going on just up the hill and how it relates to real world issues. From physics, astronomy and biology to psychology and social sciences, engage with experts in a variety of fields to learn about interesting cutting edge research that's happening near you! So, come grab a drink, some grub, relax, get the facts and get informed!

When: 7pm, generally the last Wednesday of every month

Who: All who are curious, any age, free admission

Where: Northstar House's Casita Del Polaris (1201 North Tioga Street)

April's Talk

7pm Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Dr. Olivier Dangles, Visiting Professor of Ecology

Biodiversity through the lens: Telling ecological stories with photography.

Photographer and Professor of Ecology, Dr. Olivier Dangles, will showcase his beautiful images from his adventures in the field to illuminate ecological concepts in an engaging and understandable way.

Upcoming Talks

May 30th, 2018 | "The Science of Food: Energy resources, food waste and health!" | Sarah Murphy, PhD Student in Food Science & Dr. Kathleen Hefferon, Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellow in Food Science

June 27th, 2018 | "The Science of Innovation: drawing links between basic research and real-world applications." | Andrea Acevedo, PhD Candidate in Biophysics & Dr. Kamalika Chatterjee, Postdoc in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

July 25th, 2018 | "The Science of Light: beaming up advancements in technology and medicine!" | Mengran Wang, PhD Candidate in Biophysics & Dr. Maxim Shcherbakov, Postdoc in Applied and Engineering Physics

August 29, 2018 | "The Science of Plants & Sustainability: lasting food supplies and telling environmental time." | Juana Munoz, PhD Candidate in Horticulture & Dr. Brita Lorentzen, Postdoc in Classics

Previous Talks

7pm Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Dr. Elia Tait Wojno, Assistant Professor Baker Institute for Animal Health and Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology

A worm a day keeps the doctor away: can parasites train your immune system to avoid allergies?

Prof. Elia Tait Wojno will discuss her research in the immune system and how limited exposure to infectious diseases in industrialized nations may help to explain drastic increases in allergies in humans and dogs.

7pm Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Dr. Gerlinde R. Van de Walle, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Baker Institute for Animal Health

Stem cell therapy: a magician's tale or clinical reality?

Gerlinde R. Van de Walle will explain what stem cells are, their current therapeutic applications and their limitations that are being addressed by current research.

7pm Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Dr. Ilana Lauren Brito, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

What's in your gut? From health impacts to innovative therapeutics

Ilana Brito will get real about what's in our guts by exploring the impact of our microbiomes on our health and how her group is aiming to develop alternatives to broad range antibiotics. Dr. Brito will also clue us in about those mysterious fecal transplants we keep hearing about!

7pm Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Dr. Robert Shepherd, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Next Gen Cyborgs: Soft robots with a sense of touch

Rob Shepherd will illustrate how his group is designing bio-inspired soft robotic prosthetics that enhance human-robot interface enabling feedback and control to allow for natural motion and function.

7pm Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Prof. Michael Niemack, Professor of Physics at Cornell University

Ancient Light and High Telescopes: Using Cosmic Microwaves to Uncover the History of the Universe

Prof. Niemack will take you through a brief history of the Universe and explain how the oldest light in the Universe - the cosmic microwave background - provides evidence for the formation and evolution of the Universe. Niemack will describe how he and his colleagues are currently working to improve detection of this ancient light using and building new telescopes at high elevation sites in Chile.

7pm Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Prof. Mason Peck, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University

Taveling the Cosmos: How to Build Your Own Spacecraft! Prof. Mason Peck will guide you through how the Peck group is democratizing access to space travel through researching technologies that make space flight accessible to virtually anyone!

7pm Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Dr. Drew Harvell, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University

A Sea of Glass: 19th Century glass art mirrors the fragility of our ocean's biodiversity: Prof. Drew Harvell takes us on a journey through history and creatures of the sea. Hear a tale of how art translates nature into information on how drivers of climate change impact our ocean's health and biodiversity.

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