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.

May Science Cafés

May Queen Anne Science Café

"Doing Science: Exploring The Research Process Through Gender And Sexuality Studies"
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7 p.m. - T.S. McHugh's

The beautiful thing about social science is that people are messy and complicated and relentlessly interesting. Come talk with Katie Querna, MSW of the UW's School of Social Work as she discusses how we can use scientific methods to explore human behavior and relationships, including the structural, cultural, social, and interpersonal forces that shape them.

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

May Eastside Science Café

"Old (And New) School Approaches For Youth Physical Activity"
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7 p.m. - Wilde Rover

Seattle Children's Research Institute researcher and pediatrician Dr. Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH discusses the importance of physical activity to health, the current state of physical activity in the U.S., and approaches to getting kids more active, with an emphasis on including low income and racial/ethnic minority groups.

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

May Tacoma Science Café

The 79 A.D. Eruption Of Vesuvius And Pliny's Gift To Volcanology
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. - Swiss Restaurant & Pub

While Vesuvius raged and his uncle lay dying from the volcano's toxic fumes, Pliny the Younger, a Roman scholar, sat across the Bay of Naples and penned the world's first detailed account of a large, explosive eruption. Modern volcanologists now use the word "Plinian" to describe all similar eruptions, including those at Mount St. Helens in 1980 and Pinatubo in 1991. Come talk about what Pliny saw, how it influenced volcanology, and what we now understand about Plinian eruptions; the most explosive of eruption types.

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 Fluke Corporation, Seattle Children's Research Institute and Intellectual Ventures. This program is also made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health.

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