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. Proceeds will be used to fund community science events. Make your reservation today!

Upcoming Events

Learn from your living room with our coming lineup of virtual events. Check back soon for a list of expert speakers and their research topics.


Previous Events

David Brafman

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5–7 p.m.

Canceled: What can your skin tell you about your Alzheimer's disease risk?

David Brafman, PhD, assistant professor, ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center

7419 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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.

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Matthew Scotch

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

The Henry
4455 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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.

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 – 5–7 p.m.

Linking autism and the microbiome

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, PhD, professor, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

Blanco Tacos & Tequila
2502 E Camelback Rd. #122, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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.

Ramon Velazquez

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – 5–7 p.m.

Clues to curing Alzheimer’s

Neuroscientist Ramon Velazquez, PhD

Seasons 52 Biltmore
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Justin Flory

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 – 5–7 p.m.

Life, art and miniature accelerators

Scientist Justin Flory, PhD

DC Ranch Fleming’s
20753 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Karen Anderson

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 – 5–7 p.m.

To catch a cancer: When viruses are the culprit

Researcher and cancer physician
Karen Anderson, MD, PhD

Vincent’s on Camelback
3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Athena Aktipis

Zombies are Real: Are Microbes Controlling My Mind?

 Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 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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Joshua LaBaer

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

 Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

BLD Chandler
1920 W. Germann Road, 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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Stephanie Forrest

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

 Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 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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Paul Coleman and Diego Mastroeni

The Brain Explained: Can I Change My Brain? 

 Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 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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Charlie Rolsky

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

 Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 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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