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Suds & Science

A “Spirited” Discussion

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. 

Suds & Science is generously sponsored by 


Schedule 2020


Under Pressure: How the Body Uses Force to Function

Aristotle defined five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. These are the senses that are most obvious to you, but there are so many more! Some are familiar to you, like balance and awareness of what position your body is in. Others quietly monitor your most important body functions, like your heartbeat, your churning stomach or your filling bladder. Your nervous system constantly detects force and tells the body to react appropriately. The mechanisms behind how this happens is still a new area of study. Dr. Marshall from Scripps Research will tell you about how you feel inside and why it matters to your health. Beer available for purchase. Bring your own favorite dinner!

Kara L Marshall, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Ardem Patapoutian at Scripps Research. Her PhD work at Columbia University explored the skin neurons that detect force to convey the sense of touch. Her current work has moved inside the body, where she is now attempting to understand what neurons detect force in internal organs to affect numerous different physiological processes. 

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

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $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: Thorn Brewing, 3176 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104. Beers are available for purchase, bring your own favorite dinner!

We are excited to announce two special editions of Suds & Science in partnership with the San Diego Art Institute:


Suds & Science—Where Art & Science Intersect, Part 1

Join us as we partner with the San Diego Art Institute for a panel discussion about their newest exhibition, Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art & Science & Technology. For this exhibition, 26 artists spin research into art to boost public understanding of contemporary issues and explore solutions, both real and imagined. Two artists and scientists will join us to talk about the art and science behind their collaboration. 


Sheeana Rae Dowling, Artist

Akiko Surai, Artist

Dr. Olivier George, UCSD

Dr. Krishna Vadodaria, Salk Institute 


Date & Time: Wednesday (!), March 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Cost: $5. 

Location: San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, SAn Diego, CA 92101

Beer and wine bar available.

Space is limited, get your tickets in advance!


Suds & Science—Where Art & Science Intersect, Part 2

Join us as again as we put a spotlight on two more artists and scientists who are part of the amazing San Diego Art Institute exhibition, Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art & Science & Technology. In a relaxed setting at a local bar, we will have a chance to sit down with them and hear more about their work and this unusual collaboration.


Bill Feeney, Artist

Bhavna Mehta, Artist

Dr. Samuel Pfaff, Salk Institute

Dr. Ben Frable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Date & Time: Monday, March 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Cost: $5 (plus fees) online, and $6 at the door.

Location: TBA

Tickets for the March 16 event will go on sale soon!


We thank the San Diego Art Institute for this collaboration



LGBTQIAP2+: Welcoming Diversity

LGBTQIAP2+—a list of initials, numbers, and symbols that describes a vibrant community of individuals—keeps changing. The dynamic nature of the list, while potentially confusing, reflects the ongoing efforts of the community to both represent and welcome individuals with unique and evolving ways of defining themselves with regard to biological sex, gender identity, romantic attraction, sexuality, spirituality, and advocacy. Join us this month as Dr. Erin N. Castelloe facilitates a conversation focused on the LGBTQIAP2+ community. Dr. Castelloe invites attendees to share questions, experiences, and narratives that will nurture greater understanding and acceptance of diversity in our world.

Erin Nissen Castelloe, MD, California-licensed and American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)-certified physician, independent pharmacovigilance consultant, and comprehensive sexuality educator, divides her professional time between clinical research and teaching. She collaborates with organizations that are developing medications for conditions with few or no treatment options and is currently focused on treatments for Alzheimer disease, achondroplasia, and Prader-Willi syndrome. In addition, she creates and delivers educational programs that empower individuals and communities, promote health and well-being, and nurture respectful communication and social justice. She warmly welcomes opportunities to network and can be reached through her web sites: www.erincastelloe.com and www.castelloe.org.

Date & Time: Monday, April 13; TIME CHANGE 7–8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 online (some fees apply); $6 at the door. Food & drinks are available for purchase. 

Location: Hooley's Irish Pub, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr #247, La Mesa, CA 91942