Exhibits & Programs

Science Cafés

Science Cafe

After over ten years of bringing local scientists and researchers to the Tacoma and Kirkland communities, Science Cafes will no longer take place beginning October 1, 2016. Pacific Science Center would like to thank both The Swiss Pub & Restaurant and Wilde Rover for holding these enriching events for the community over the years, as well as to the several patrons of these events.

We hope that you will be able to join us for our new onsite lecture series, Science in the City Lectures, to hear from many of the local organizations and researchers who participated in Science Cafés.

Learn more about Science in the City lectures.

For questions regarding Science Cafes, please email Eve Klein at eklein@pacsci.org.

Tacoma Science Café

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub

1904 S Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98402
September 13: Josh Krissansen-Totton

Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. | Josh Krissansen-Totton, University of Washington, Astrobiology Program and Department of Earth and Space Sciences

The Search For Life Beyond Earth

It’s an exciting time in astronomy – every other week there are new headlines about recently discovered planets, and bold speculations about whether they’re habitable or Earth-like. This talk will go behind the headlines and explore how astronomers and astrobiologists are trying to detect life on exoplanets (planets around other stars), and when they’re likely to be successful. Come with all your burning questions about the search for life beyond Earth!

Made possible by a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute to the Virtual Planet Laboratory.

Eastside Science Café

Wilde Rover Irish Pub

111 Central Way, Kirkland, Washington 98033
September 20: Dr. Jim Gawel

Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m.| Dr. Jim Gawel, Associate Professor, of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering Environmental Science and Studies School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at University of Washington Tacoma

“Leeches, Logs and Landslide: 10 Years of Research on Spirit Lake below Mount St. Helens”

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens dramatically changed Spirit Lake, filling the old lake basin with landslide debris and floating logs.  People often ask if the lake has “recovered”, but this is a brand new lake now, and the volcano has changed the ecology of Spirit Lake and the surrounding land and created a complex ecosystem that researchers from UW Tacoma have been working for 10 years to understand. Dr. Jim Gawel will talk about the grand adventure of studying Spirit Lake, research that has included removing leeches and walking on logs, and what we know about the new lake today.