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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


MAY

Suds & Science—Exploring Antarctica Using Satellites
The Antarctic Ice Sheet stores around 180 feet of sea-level rise equivalent, and over the past few years has been losing more mass than it gains through snowfall. How do we know this? We have been monitoring the vast ice sheets with satellites since the early 1990s and build up a record of change. Join Dr. Helen Amanda Fricker, who has studied the Antarctic Ice Sheet for 25 years, as she describes some of this work, including the discovery and exploration of Antarctica's ice shelves and active subglacial lakes. 

 

Date & Time: Monday, May 13 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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



JUNE

Suds & Science—Microbial Diversity and the Web of Life
Animals, plants, fungi, protists, bacteria, archaea - how are they all related? And how do viruses fit in? Understanding the relationships among all living organisms is a daunting task that has been a major focus in evolutionary biology for nearly 200 years. As advances in technologies such as tools for sequencing and data processing grow, so too does our ability to elucidate how all living things are related to one another. More recently, such developments have expanded our understanding of the diversity of microorganisms, as well as their importance in fostering environmental sustainability and human well-being. Join Dr. Justin Shaffer, a microbial ecologist at UCSD, in a discussion of the history of phylogeneticsthe study of the evolutionary relationships among living things, the types of information and tools that are needed to understand these relationships, common problems, debated issues, and what we can expect looking forward to the futurespecifically regarding the importance of microbes. Dr. Shaffer will also present an overview of our current understanding of the web of life, including estimates of global diversity, how fossils fit in, and how we understand lineages that are now extinct.

 

Date & Time: Monday, June 10; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $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



JULY

Suds & Science—All About the Human Microbiome
On you and within you, lies a vast and complex microbial community (bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses) important for human health and disease --The Human Microbiome. For years, microbes received a bad rep, which was encapsulated by the old mantra ‘the only good microbe, is a dead microbe!’. However, it is becoming clear that there is a bit of a spectrum: some are pathogens, some only become harmful when they are in the wrong place or proliferate in number, and some are actually very useful to the body. Our microbes play integral roles in many aspects of human health including aiding in digestion, production of essential vitamins and nutrients, fine-tuning our immune system and even manufacturing neurotransmitters that can affect our mood. Sequentially, this has led to an increase in probiotic supplement sales and an increase in microbiome testing companies promising personal advice on how to improve your health from a mere swab test. Some microbiome therapies such as fecal microbiota transplantation -- a therapy in which gut bacteria from a healthy person is delivered and transferred to an unhealthy person in the form of stool -- has been very successful in treatment of Clostridium Difficile colon infections. While there is little doubt that we will continue to find important connections between the microbiome and human health, irresponsible reporting and overhyped research findings has led to wild microbiome claims and public confusion. Join Dr. Pedro J. Torres, Ph.D., in an open discussion about what we currently know about the role of the human microbiome in human health and disease.

 

Date & Time: Monday, July 8; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $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



AUGUST

Suds & Science—More information to follow

 

Date & Time: Monday, August 12; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $6 at the doorFood & drinks are available for purchase.

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


Tickets will go on sale soon!


SEPTEMBER

Suds & Science—Forensic Science and the CSI Effect
Forensic science has become popularized by podcasts, TV shows and other media, which has created complications for the actual field itself. How does crime related media content influence public perception about forensics? What does forensic science look like in real life, now and in the future? Join us as Roxanne Kotzebue, criminalist at the San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory, separates truth from fiction and discusses what actually happens in a forensics lab.

 

Date & Time: Monday, September 9; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $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


 

SPECIAL: Suds & Science—Social Sciences.
A look at  the spatial and gender dimensions of enduring social inequalities and the policy debates surrounding them.

 

Date & Time: Monday, September 16; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $6 at the door

Location: TBA


Tickets will go on sale soon!


OCTOBER

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; $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



NOVEMBER

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; $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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



DECEMBER

Suds & Science: Heart Disease—Why Studying Both Men and Women is Important
Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death for both men and women, but it has generally been thought of as a “man’s” disease. 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 at almost every step of drug development – from basic research studies to clinical trials. Thankfully, due to advocacy efforts of researchers and clinicians across the world, this is changing. Here, we’ll chat about why the heart is the coolest organ (sorry brain lovers!), what is actually biologically different between the hearts of men and women both during healthy times and states of disease and why we should care.

 

Date & Time: Monday, December 9; 6:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $5 online; $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