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Suds & Science

It’s not a scientific mystery that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. And thus, the idea for Suds & Science was born: bimonthly events that bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. The evening begins with a 15- to 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentation, which kicks off an extended discussion between the scientist and the audience—all while the audience drinks along. You can learn about everything from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. All of that for the price of a beverage! Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into science.


Location: Waypoint Public3794 30th Street, San Diego CA 92104
Date: September 15
Time: 6:30-8p.m.
Topic: Origins of Autism
Dr. Karen Pierce

Eventbrite - Suds &  Science - Origins of Autism

Join Dr. Karen Pierce, Assistant Director of the Autism Center of Excellence at UC San Diego, as she shares new evidence confirming that autism begins during pregnancy. The Center’s latest groundbreaking research utilized almost 1,000 scans of infants and toddlers with autism—thanks to a new local program called One Year Well Baby Check Up, which collects these images.

Karen Pierce, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Assistant Director, UCSD Autism Center of Excellence


Karen Pierce Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Assistant Director of the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence. She has been working with children with autism and their families for over 25 years. Dr. Pierce research examines several questions such as: How early can autism be detected? What is going wrong with the developing brain? To answer these questions she uses several tools ranging from parent questionairres, to eye tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Most recently she has demonstrated that autism can be detected by the 1st birthday, a major advance considering that the mean age of diagnosis is around 4 years in age nationally. Using fMRI during natural sleep, Dr. Pierce and her collaborators have demonstrated early neural abnormalities in the brain systems that support language development in autism. She has published over 50 research articles on the topic of autism and is invited to lecture world-wide. Her work has been highlighted in the public media including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The San Diego Union Tribune. In the year 2012, Time Magazine nominated her as one of the top 100 most influential people of the year based on her leadership in the field of autism research. Her studies are funded by both the National Institute of Health as well as private organizations such as the National Foundation for Autism Research. She has been honored by several awards including US Department of Health and Human Services IACC Top Research Paper Award, Autism Speaks Top 10 Research Paper Award, and the San Diego Health Hero Award. 

Location: Wang's North Park3029 University Ave, San Diego CA 92104
Date: October 20
Time: 7:00-8p.m.
Topic: Genetic Ancestry Testing: What's Race got to Do with It?
Speaker: Lynn Jorde and Charmaine Royal

Have you ever wondered about your genetic ancestry? Genomics can reveal recent family history and the deep evolutionary roots of our species. In the process, this field is changing the way we view ourselves as individuals and as a society. Join Lynn Jorde from the Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah, and Charmaine Royal of the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity & Difference, Duke University, as they discuss the scientific basis of genetic ancestry testing and its implications for our conception of race.