A Sip of Science

”A Sip of Science” is a program that invites you to join in casual conversation at local restaurants with notable researchers and scientists. Join us to learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. “A Sip of Science” talks will take place from February 8 through May 8, at six Valley restaurants.

Cost is $15 per “Sip of Science” event, and includes light appetizers. Happy Hour pricing on beer and wine will be offered at each venue during the event. Proceeds will be used to fund community science events. Make your reservation today!

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List of Events

Arvind Varsani

Breaking the Ice: Exploring the Frozen Continent with the Penguin Whisperer

 Thursday, February 8 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

George and Dragon English Pub
4240 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Led by molecular virologist Arvind Varsani, aka “The Penguin Whisperer,” who works across ecosystems from plants and animals from the tropics to the Antarctic, this lecture covers the role viruses play in ecosystems and how they affect the world’s population.

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Charlie Rolsky

Mo’ Plastics, Mo’ Problems: The Life of a Microplastic and Your Seafood

 Sunday, February 11 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Tavern Americana
20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale

Biologist Charlie Rolsky shares his passion for keeping the world’s oceans clean and seafood edible and helps guests understand the real threat of seafood becoming extinct in years to come.

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Upcoming Events

Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni

The Brain Explained: Can I Change My Brain? 

 Sunday, March 4 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Tomaso’s Italian restaurant
3225 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

Neuroscientists Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni have handled thousands of human brains in their quest to alleviate suffering caused by Alzheimer’s, dementia and other brain-related illnesses as well as unlock other mysteries of the brain such as nature versus nurture, how to help children develop their brainpower and more.

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Stephanie Forrest

Why is Cybersecurity So Hard and What Can We Do About It?

 Tuesday, March 6 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

The Market by Jennifer’s
3606 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix

Stephanie Forrest is a computer scientist who looks at cybersecurity from a different angle. How can the principles of biology help us attack viruses and build immunity into our systems? Today, we see many cybersecurity problems on-line, ranging from data breaches to hacked email accounts to cyberespionage. But, we also see viruses, parasites, and bacteria in biology; bullies in social groups; and rogue nations in the international community. Stephanie’s talk will discuss current cybersecurity challenges, show why some common security advice is irrational, and describe how ideas from biology can provide help us design stronger cyber defenses.

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Joshua LaBaer

Called the ‘Emperor of all Maladies’: Why are We Optimistic About Cancer?

 Sunday, May 6 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

The Brickyard Downtown Chandler
85 W. Boston St., Chandler

Researcher and cancer physician Joshua LaBaer has invented a blood test for detecting cancer that is available in the U.S. He continues his quest to develop new, earlier and more precise detection of this challenging disease. His talk will cover what is cancer and why it is unique among all human diseases, what are the amazing advances made over the last decade – and share what’s on the horizon.

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Athena Aktipis

Zombies are Real: Are Microbes Controlling My Mind?

 Tuesday, May 8 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

MATCH Restaurant & Cocktails
1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Psychologist, biologist and author Athena Aktipis delves into the mysterious topic of microbes and the possibility that microbial manipulation can affect humankind — from determining the foods we eat and crave to ways they could drive behavior.

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For more information contact:

Dianne Price
Director of Marketing & Communications
The Biodesign Institute | Arizona State University
Office: 480.727.3396 |  e-mail: Dianne.Price@asu.edu