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Science Cafe

Science Cafés and Cafe' Conversations are a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

All cafés start promptly at 5:00 pm in the Front Room located in Baker Center.  Free coffee for the first 50 people.


FACEBOOK:  Ohio University's Science Cafe

Twitter:  @OUScienceCafes


Fall 2014 Discussions

Sept. 10: Monica Burdick,Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Stem cells, research and hype. Oh My!"

Cafe Conversations Sept. 17: Paschal Younge, Music, "African music, a big bowl of salad: the interdisciplinarity of the musical arts of Ghana"

Sept. 24:  Ryan Fogt, Geography

Oct. 8:  Brooke Hallowell, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Cafe Conversations Oct. 15:  Loreen Giese, English

Oct. 22:  Jason Trembly, Mechanical Engineering & Ohio Coal Research Center

Nov. 5:  Doug Clowe, Physics and Astronomy

Cafe Conversations Nov. 12:  Geoff Dabelko, Environmental Studies

Nov. 19: Dina Lopez, Geological Sciences

Dec. 3: Justin Holub, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Spring 2015 Discussions

Jan. 21:  Carl Brune, Physics and Astronomy

Feb. 4:  David Rosenthal, Environmental & Plant Biology

Cafe Conversations Feb. 11:  Chester Pach, History

Feb. 18:  Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, Geological Sciences

Cafe Conversations Mar. 11:  Katherine Jellison, History

Mar. 18:  Christopher France, Psychology

Apr. 1:  Anne Loucks, Biological Sciences

Spring 2014 Discussions

Jan. 22: Sarah Wyatt, Environmental and Plant Biology

Feb. 05:  Saw Hla, Physics and Astronomy

Feb. 19: Scott Moody, Biological Sciences

Cafe Conversations Feb. 26: Haley Duschinski, Sociology and Anthropology

Mar. 19:  Mark McMills, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Cafe Conversations Mar. 26: Roger Cooper, Media Arts and Studies

April 02:  Julie Suhr, Psychology

Fall 2013 Discussions

Sept 11:  Janet Duerr, Biological Sciences, "Genes:  Are We Just Big, Smart Worms?"

Cafe' ConversationsSept. 18:  John Gilliom, Political Sciences "The Death of Big Brother and the Rise of the Surveillance Society"

Sept. 25: Larry Witmer, Biomedical Sciences, "Fleshing out Dinosaurs... in 3D!"

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Oct. 9:  Savas Kaya, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, "Nanoscale *& Engineering:  Hype or Opportunity?

Cafe' Conversations Oct. 16:  Bill Condee, Interdisciplinary Arts

Oct. 23:  David Tees, Physics and Astronomy, "TBD"

Nov. 6:  Alycia Stigall, Geological Sciences, "Fossil Invasion! Studying Ancient Species to Help Predict Consequences of Modern Invasion"

Nov. 20:  Deb McAvoy, Civil Engineering, "TBD"

Dec. 4: John Kopchick, Biomedical Sciences and Edison Biotechnology Institute, "TBD"

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Spring 2013 Discussions

Jan. 23: Jared Deforest, Environmental and Plant Biology, "Chemical Climate Change and Sustainability"

Feb. 6:  Bob Klein, Mathematics

Feb. 20:  Mario Grijalva, Biomedical Sciences

**SPECIAL CAFE' CONVERSATIONS** Feb. 27:  Michele Morrone, Social and Public Health

**SPECIAL CAFE' CONVERSATIONS** Mar 20:  John Sabraw, Art

**SPECIAL CAFE' CONVERSATIONS** Mar. 27:  Tom Hodson, Journalism

Apr. 3:  Geoff Buckley, Geography

Fall 2012 Discussions

Sept 05:  Frank Schwartz, Specialty Medicine, "Socioeconomic Stress, Appalachia and Chronic Disease"

Sept. 19:  Art Trese, Environmental & Plant Biology, "Sustainability:  Alternative Agriculture"

**SPECIAL CAFE' CONVERSATIONS** Sept. 26: Andre Gribou, Music, "The History of Rock and Roll"

Oct. 3: Christine Gidycz, Psychology, "Bystander Behavior and Violence on College Campuses"

**SPECIAL CAFE' CONVERSATIONS** Oct. 24:  Tom Vander Ven, Sociology and Anthropology, "Why Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard"

Oct. 31:  Natalie Kruse, Voinovich School, "Sustainability:  Mining and Mine Reclamation"

Nov. 14:  Tad Malinski, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "The Science of Art Restoration & Identification"

Nov. 28  Joe Shields, Physics and Astronomy, "Hunting Black Holes with the Hubble"

RESCHEDULED TO Dec. 5: Martin Kordesch, Physics and Astronomy, "The Physics of Music"

Spring 2012 Discussions

April 04Willem Roosenburg,  Biological Sciences, "Turtles:  Why Girls are Hot and Boys are Cool"

April 18:  Keith Milam, Geological Sciences, "Virtual Geology:  Unraveling Planetary Secrets from Afar"

May 02:  Darlene Berryman, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, "Big Fat Myths:  What You Didn't Know about Obesity"

Winter 2012 Discussions

Jan. 11: Dr. Michael Braasch, Electrical Engineering and Avionics Engineering Center, "Iron Stomachs & White Knuckles - Navigation System Flight Testing"

Jan. 12:  The PhD Movie, Free Admission

Jan. 25:  Dr. Molly Morris, Biological Sciences, "Beyond  Alternative Mating Strategies"

Feb. 08: Dr. Greg Van Patten, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "The Big Deal about Small Stuff"

Feb. 22:Peggy Zoccola, Psychology, "Stress:  Bad Thoughts, Bad Health?"

Mar. 07: Madappa  Prakash, Physics & Astronomy, "Extreme States of Matter  from Explosive Events in the Universe"


Fall 2011 Discussions

Sept. 14:  Dr. Brian McCarthy, Environmental & Plant Biology, "From the Brink of Extinction:  the American Chestnut"

Sept. 28:  Dr. Erin Murphy, Biomedical Sciences, "Bacteria:  The Good, the Bad and the Resistant"

Oct. 12Dr. Dave Bayless, Mechanical Engineering, "Powering the World with Pond Scum"

Oct. 26Dr. James Lein, Geography, "The Geography of Tomorrow:  The Science of Futures Research"

Spring 2011 Discussions

March 30:Dr. Alycia Stigall, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, OHIO Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, "Overturn of the Biotics: Predicting Biodiversity Change with Fossils"

April 13:  Dr. Harvey Ballard, Associate Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology, "How Violets will Change the World"

April 27:  Dr. Jolie Cizewski, Professor of Physics, Rutgers University, "The Magic Numbers of Maria Goeppert Mayer:  From the Manhattan Project to the Future"

Winter 2011 Discussions

Jan. 12: Dr. Martin Mohlenkamp, Associate Professor, Mathematics, "Developing in silico Methods to do Virtual Science."   

Jan. 26: Dr. Stephen Bergmeier, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Chemistry, the class you love to hate, and Drug Discovery."

Feb. 9: Dr. Dan Hembree, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, "The Secrets of Burrowing Biota: Understanding Ancient Traces of Life through Modern Organisms."

Feb. 23: Dr. Kelly Johnson, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Voinovich School, "Mayflies, Minnows, and Acid Mine Drainage: The Science of Stream Restorations."

March 9: Dr. Brook Marcks, Assistant Professor, Psychology, "From Thoughts to Obsessions: A Closer Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorders."

Fall 2010 Schedule:

Sept. 22: Dr. Gar Rothwell, Environmental & Plant Biology, "Paleobotany and Plant Evolution"

Oct. 6: Drs. Shawn Ostermann (EECS), Hans Kruse (Information & Telecommunications Systems), Phil Campbell (Information & Telecommunications Systems), "Wireless Networking in Challenging Environments:  the Barbarism of Baker to the Perils of Pluto"

Oct. 20: Dr. Julie Owens, Psychology, "Evaluating Treatments for ADHD:  A Multi-Dimensional Approach"

Nov. 3: Dr. Eric Stinaff (Physics and Astronomy), "Where's my iQuanta:  Is quantum information processing the future of computers?"


Spring 2010 Schedule:
April 7: Dr. Stephen Reilly, Biological Sciences,  "The Biology of Walking and Running"

April 21: Dr. Ken Hicks, Physics & Astronomy,  "From Quarks to the Big Bang"

May 5: Dr. Susan Williams, Biomedical Sciences,  "Food for thought: the Evolution and Ontogeny of Feeding Mammals"

May 19: Dr. Ronaldo Vigo, Psychology,  "Molecules of the Mind"

June 2: Dr. Maarten Uijit de Haag, Engineering/Avionics,  "Nav
igation: Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere"

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Jan. 13: Dr. Doug Clowe, Physics and Astronomy, "The Dark Side of the Universe"

Jan. 27: Dr. Julie Suhr, Psychology, "Measuring your Mind"

Feb. 10: Dr. Morgan Vis, Environmental & Environmental Plant Biology, "Red Algae-Tree of life, huh?"

Feb. 24: Dr. Damian Nance, Geological Sciences, "From Grains of Sand to Supercontinents:  Reconstructing Earth's Geographic Past"

March 10: Dr. Jeff Rack, Chemistry & Biochemistry, "Chemical Chameleons"

Fall 2009 Schedule:

Sept. 30: Dr. Gerri Botte, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, "Alternative Energy:  The Search for Fuel"

Oct. 14: Dr. Larry Witmer, Biomedical Sciences, "Fleshing Out Dinosaur Evolution"

Oct. 28: Dr. Justin Weeks, Psychology, "Social Anxiety:  The Fear of Positive Evaluation"




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