Science Café

Science Cafés bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in the comfortable, lively atmosphere of a neighborhood café or pub. The evening begins with a brief presentation by a scientist, which kicks off an extended discussion session between the scientist and audience. Previous cafés have covered climate science, evolution and religion, robotics, and health care, just to name a few. All Science Cafés are free to the public, open to all ages and no science background is required. Learn More And be sure to check out our Teen Science Cafés.

February Queen Anne Science Café

"Food Allergy Overview"
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. - T.S. McHugh's

What happens when you eat something you are allergic to? Join Virginia Mason's Mary Farrington, M.D. as she explains the immune mechanisms and symptoms involved in food-induced allergic reactions.

T.S. McHugh's is located at 21 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

February Eastside Science Café

"Mystery of the Screaming Volcano: A curious case of harmonic tremor during the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano"
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 7 p.m. - Wilde Rover

Harmonic tremor is a seismic signal that sometimes precedes volcanic eruptions and shares some characteristics in common with music. As a result, musical instruments are often the basis for many of the models that explain a harmonic tremor. However, Redoubt Volcano produced a harmonic tremor prior to several explosions at such a high pitch that most of those models fail. In this talk, the UW's Alicia Hotovec-Ellis, Ph.D. investigates the possible sources of these "screams" and what they might mean for short-term eruption forecasting.

Wilde Rover is located in downtown Kirkland at 111 Central Way.

February Tacoma Science Café

"How Do Animals Respond to Global Change and Will It Be Good Enough?"
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. - Swiss Restaurant & Pub

Environments around the world are changing, and a pressing question is, "How will these changes affect wildlife?" When faced with brand new conditions, animal populations respond in a variety of ways. The UW's Rory Telemeco, Ph.D. will explore some of the ways animals have already responded to a warming world; how they might continue to respond; and the potential for these responses to allow populations to survive into the future.

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub is located at 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.

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This program is currently made possible by support from Intellectual Ventures and Fluke Corporation. This program is also made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health.