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.
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!
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 – 5–7 p.m.
Linking autism and the microbiome
Researcher and cancer physician
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, PhD, professor, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Why transplant healthy gut bacteria in children with autism? Not everyone hosts the healthy gut microbes which affect brain communication and neurological health. Hear about research using healthy intestinal bacteria to improve autism-related behaviors and relieve common GI problems associate with autism.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 5–7 p.m.
How will polar ice melt impact the migration of infectious disease?
Matthew Scotch, PhD, associate professor, Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering
Melting ice caps have the potential to change the landscape for humans, animals and infectious disease. Learn how warming temperatures threaten to change migration patterns and unlock new dangers of transmissible diseases
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5–7 p.m.
What can your skin tell you about your Alzheimer's disease risk?
David Brafman, PhD, assistant professor, ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center
What can your skin tell you about your Alzheimer's disease risk? Learn about two emerging technologies - stem cells and genome editing and how your skin might be the key to utilizing these technologies to prove the secrets of Alzheimer's disease.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 – 5–7 p.m.
To catch a cancer: When viruses are the culprit
Researcher and cancer physician
Karen Anderson, MD, PhD
Tuesday, Feb. 26 – 5–7 p.m.
Life, art and miniature accelerators
Scientist Justin Flory, PhD
Tuesday, March 26 – 5–7 p.m.
Clues to curing Alzheimer’s
Neuroscientist Ramon Velazquez, PhD
Mo’ Plastics, Mo’ Problems: The Life of a Microplastic and Your Seafood
Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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.
The Brain Explained: Can I Change My Brain?
Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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.
Why is Cybersecurity So Hard and What Can We Do About It?
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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.
Called the ‘Emperor of all Maladies’: Why are We Optimistic About Cancer?
Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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.
Zombies are Real: Are Microbes Controlling My Mind?
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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.