Category Archives: Science

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Lynn Sherr: The Real Sally Ride

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Sally Ride web
Science

In 1983, Sally Ride made history by becoming the first American female in space. Years later, she continued to be an influential public figure, but her private life remained guarded. Seasoned ABC reporter Sherr offers the full story in Sally Ride, from her sexual orientation to the revolutionary effects she had on millions.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

John Foreman: Big Data’s Possibilities and Our Fears

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

John Foreman
Science

From hotel accommodations to pregnancy cycles, data science can be used to predict nearly everything. MalChimp’s Foreman offers concrete steps for utilizing targeted analytics, data science, and big data. He’ll explore the positives — and potential consequences — of this “cutting edge” field.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Jordan Ellenberg: Think Math, Be Right

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Jordan Ellenberg large
Media Library, Science

From presidential election results to the probability of having cancer, mathematics can be used at all levels of life. Math-whiz Ellenberg’s How Not to Be Wrong takes understanding of the subject to the next level — and brings it full-circle for those who aren’t crazy about numbers.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Marla Spivak: Saving Wild Bees

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Marla Spivak pollinator event
Media Library, Science

MacArthur Award-winner Spivak will deliver the keynote address for Pollinator Week, discussing wild bees and how to provide sustainable habitats in urban and suburban settings. She’ll also explore ongoing projects of The Common Acre and Washington State University.

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Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Yoram Bauman: Climate Change Humor

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Yoram Bauman
Media Library, Science

For many, the first step in combating climate change is understanding it — “stand-up economist” Bauman attempts to solve this problem — with a side of humor. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change is a “skillful tour” of the history, science, and current state of this daunting public issue.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

PZ Myers: An Atheist’s Insight

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

PZ Myers
Media Library, Science

From the mind behind the popular science blog “Pharyngula” comes a new collection on life, creationism, and his no-holds-barred criticisms of God. The Happy Atheist ridicules religious fundamentalists and explores their negative effects on society.

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Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Lissa Ongman: Saving Chimpanzees

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Lissa Ongman - project primate
Science

The number of chimpanzees continues to dwindle — largely because of habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade. Ongman will discuss Project Primate’s ongoing conservation efforts to aid these animals, and how their work fits into the greater picture of “saving chimpanzees.”

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Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

**SOLD OUT** Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
‘Think Like a Freak’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Freakonomics guys
Science

Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. From the bestselling authors of Freakonomics comes a new book which aims to teach others how to Think Like a Freak. By analyzing daily decisions, problems, and plans people make, Levitt and Dubner have created a roadmap for rewiring the brain.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Nicholas P. Money: The Microbes Around Us

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

Amoeba  sample
Media Library, Science

252 million years ago, microbes almost killed all life on Earth — for this and other reasons, Money argues that the long-overlooked, understudied microbial world is the most important facet of all life. The Amoeba in the Room advocates for changing the way scientists think about these tiny organisms.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now: Sharon Greenblum: Stories from Your Stomach and Jacquelyn Braggin: Viruses Sneak to Survive

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

Virus image - UW Science
Science

Greenblum’s research in the Genome Sciences Department examines the microscopic bugs in our bodies — and determines which ones make us healthy or sick. Braggin, Microbiology Department, studies the “sneaky tricks” used by viruses to fool the immune system.

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