Science Cafés

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. All Science Cafés take place at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 PM; program 6:00-7:30 PM.

For a map of the restaurant location, click Conor O'Neills or select Google Street View for a detailed satellite map. 
Click Previous Science Cafés (PDF)  for a list of past topics and presenters


Winter 2016 Science Café Schedule

January Science Café: A Mammoth Find

Wednesday, January 27th from 5:30 to 7:30
Want to talk about the mammoth?  Join Daniel Fisher, the Claude W. Hibbard Collegiate Professor of Paleontology and Director of the Museum of Paleontology, and Adam Rountrey, Collection Manager for Vertebrate Fossils, as they discuss the recent Bristle Mammoth find. Research on this specimen is still in progress, but we are already making plans with the Museum of Natural History for an exhibit of this material, and your suggestions are encouraged. Part of the plan involves generating 3D models that can be viewed over the Internet, bringing the Bristle mammoth to a computer near you! Space is limited for this popular program.

Photo by Daryl Marshke/Michigan Photograhy
Science Café sponsored by Andrea and David Scott


February Science Café: Evolution and Deep Time

Wednesday, February 17th from 5:30 to 7:30

How do modern researchers study the big patterns in evolution?  What is the nature of the evidence from modern diversity compared to the fossil record? Can these patterns help us understand the diversity of life on Earth, and what might they mean for the future? Join Professors Catherine Badgley and Stephen Smith of the U-M Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as we explore new ways to visualize the tree of life, and data from computational, genetic, fossil and geochronological methods. 

Sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society


March Science Café: Memory

Wednesday, March 30th from 5:30 to 7:30

Intertwined with time is memory. How do we sense the passing of time, and remember past events?  How are short-term and long-term memories different? Is the ability to remember genetic? How do these processes change as we age and what can we do about it? Join Professor Cindy Lustig and graduate student Tiffany Jantz of the U-M Psychology Department, and Professor Geoffrey Murphy of the U-M Medical School and the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute for a memorable evening of discussion and learning.


April Science Café: Implicit Bias, Race and Politics

Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30 to 7:30

Stereotypes and bias pervade our culture and mainstream media. Can they affect our judgments and behavior even when we don't intend it? And what is the experience like for people who are targeted by these stereotypes and subtle biases? We'll discuss how implicit and explicit bias affects our interactions and specifically what research says about race, political campaigns and voter decision-making. Join Denise Sekaquaptewa, professor and associate chair of Psychology and professor of Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, and Vincent Hutchings, professor of Political Science and research professor in the Center for Political Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice