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)

November's Talk

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.

Upcoming Talks

November 29th, 2017 | Michael D. Niemack, PhD| "Ancient light and high telescopes: using cosmic microwaves to uncover the history of the universe"

December 13th, 2017 | Ilana Brito, PhD| "Soft Robotics"

January 31st, 2018 | Ilana Brito, PhD| "Our microbiomes: the science of poop"

February 28th, 2018 | Gerlinde R. Van de Walle, DVM, PhD| "Stem cell therapy: a magician's tale or clinical reality"

March 25th, 2018| Elia Tait Wojno, PhD| "A worm a day keeps the Dr away: parasites train your immune system to avoid allergies?"

April 25th, 2018 | Cynthia Leifer, PhD| "Vaccines: from history to controversy"

May 23rd, 2018 | TBA

June 27th, 2018 | TBA

July 25th, 2018 | TBA

August 29, 2018 | TBA

Previous Talks

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.

Don't miss a screening of David Brown's film "Fragile Legacy" Featuring Dr. Drew Harvell Tuesday September, 26th at Cinemapolis

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