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.

January Queen Anne Science Café

"Patient Centered Outcomes Research: How You Can Advance Science By Participating In Research"
Tuesday, January 6, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - T.S. McHugh's

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) is a U.S. non-government institute, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, to enhance high impact patient centered research ( The purpose of PCORI is to help the public and caregivers make informed health decisions and allow their voices to be heard in determining the value of health care options. PCORI helps direct research dollars to areas that are important to patients, and helps us all answer important questions about our health. This talk with Cynthia M. Dougherty, ARNP, Ph.D. UW, School of Nursing will focus on how each person can become more involved in impacting their own health by participating in important research and patient advisory groups that support PCORI.

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

January Eastside Science Café

"Interprofessional Collaboration: Working Together To Improve Patient Safety"
Monday, January 12, 2014 - 7 p.m. - Wilde Rover

High functioning healthcare teams produce better patient outcomes at a more efficient cost; however, health professional students (e.g. nurses, physicians, pharmacists) are currently educated and trained without the opportunity to practice as a member of a team. This talk with Brenda K Zierler, Ph.D., RN UW, School of Nursing will discuss national initiatives requiring a different approach to educate health professionals, competencies they must meet prior to graduation, and the rationale for team-based care. Local examples of how UW students are being trained differently will be presented.

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

January Tacoma Science Café

"Ancient Cities And Archaeological Science: A Lost City In Mexico"
Tuesday, January 13, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - Swiss Restaurant & Pub

The discovery of a previously unknown city can be exciting, especially in a place like Mesoamerica where ancient peoples built pyramids and ball courts. But what really happens when archaeologists find "lost" cities? Discover some of the new techniques that scientists are using to study Angamuco, an ancient city in Michoacan, Mexico. With Anna Cohen, University of Washington.

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 Seattle Children's Hospital. This program is also made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health.

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