Penn Science Cafe
If the popularity of the prime-time sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” or the number of television programs produced in the Star Trek franchise (6!) says anything about popular culture, it's that science is not necessarily the enemy of fun. For the skeptics who need proof that science can be dramatic, inspiring and accessible, there is the Penn Science Café, now in its fifth season.
The Penn Science Café is the monthly lecture series that hauls science out of the lab and treats it to a night on the town. Free and open to the public, it's an opportunity for participants to pitch questions to leading scientific experts from across the University.
The series, which began in September consists of nine monthly evening talks. The lectures are held at the MarBar, located on the second floor of the Marathon Grill at 40th and Walnut streets, and begin at 7 p.m. Speakers do their best to keep acronyms and jargon out of the discussion, focusing instead on presenting the basics on a scientific topic you've probably always wanted to understand.
The next talk, titled "The World Water Crisis," is Jan. 25 and will be given by Stan Laskowski, president of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative. Laskowski's presentation is part of Penn's Year of Water academic theme for 2010-11, a project of the Provost's Office.
For a complete list of events and to RSVP for this popular series, visit http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/sciencecafe.
Text by Jordan Reese