Pacific Science Center Presents July Science Cafés

by | Jul 1, 2015

Join Scientists for Free and Engaging Talk in Local Pubs and Restaurants

SEATTLE, WA (July 1, 2015) — What do stem cells, oceanography and climate change all have in common? They’re topics of July’s Science Cafés. 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 between the scientist and audience.

Science Café is an informal, free event series for all ages bringing the community in direct contact with local researchers for engaging conversations about current science topics. Cafés are more than just a lecture; it’s a place where anyone can come explore the latest ideas in science and technology in a relaxed atmosphere.

By enlisting researchers and scientists to speak at our Science Cafés, Pacific Science Center addresses the critical need to engage the public with the scientific community in innovative and meaningful ways.

Pacific Science Center currently holds Science Cafés in three locations: Queen Anne (T.S. McHugh’s), Tacoma (The Swiss Restaurant & Pub) and Kirkland (Wilde Rover).

Here’s what’s featured this month:

Queen Anne Science Café
“Understanding Stem Cells”
What are stem cells? How can they realistically benefit society? Why is stem cell research so controversial? Get the details and perspectives you need to become conversant about stem cells with Dr. Peter Amos, Ph.D. of the University of Washington School of Medicine as he explore the science and implication of this important research.

July 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.
T.S. McHugh’s, 21 Mercer Street, Seattle.

Tacoma Science Café
“The Biggest River in Puget Sound”
Did you know that there is a local undersea “river” of ocean water that is 20-30 times stronger than the flow of all our Puget Sound rivers combined? Join coastal oceanographer Dr. Parker MacCready, Ph.D. of the University of Washington School of Oceanography as he discusses where all that water comes from and why, as well as the extraordinary consequences this “river” has for our local ecosystem.

July 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma.

Eastside Science Café
“The Paleontology behind Climate Change and Research”
Climate change is a major modern issue, but in order to understand how the Earth and everything that lives on it responds to change, we have to look back in time. Paleontology can help us discover how and where plants and animals used to live, and what may have happened to them when climate changed in the past. Join Ethan Hyland, Ph.D., Future of Ice/Quaternary Research Center, U.W. Department of Earth and Space Sciences for an important conversation.

July 21, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Wilde Rover, 111 Central Way, Kirkland.

Get a sneak peek of this month’s Science Cafés in this PacSci Podcast:

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future Science Café speakers please contact us at

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


Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.


Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728