Penn Science Cafe

Hauling science out of the lab for a night on the town, the Penn Science Café offers the Philadelphia region an opportunity to pitch questions to leading scientific experts who drop the jargon to explain their work in layman's terms. All Penn Science Café events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events in this series:

Jul
18

6:00 pm
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Jane DmochowskiRemote Sensing: The Earth's Increasingly Helpful Physician World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street

In 1858, by combining the inventions of the camera and the hot air balloon, French photographer and balloonist Gaspar Felix Tournachon revealed the world from a perspective never seen before by the human eye: from up above. As airplanes and satellites took to the skies, and photographic technology improved rapidly during the last century and a half, the black-and-white photos of the early days evolved into the detailed, beautiful, and informative microwave, multispectral, and hyperspectral “remote sensing” images of today.

Dmochowski will talk about how these images can act as the Earth’s “physician,” indicating what the planet’s health is today by detecting oil spills, determining soil-moisture content, monitoring vegetation growth, observing ocean circulation, and much more.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe

Aug
15

6:00 pm
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James AguirreWatching the Hidden Evolution of Galaxies World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street

The galaxies seen in the universe today are the result of a long process of formation and evolution. It is a remarkable fact that by using the finite speed of light, one can view galaxies as they were in the past, and the very expansion of the universe provides a way to measure the distance to them, together providing 3-D snapshots of galaxies changing over time. The most detailed and comprehensive picture of the universe comes from visible light, but much of the story of galaxy formation is only available if we are able to look at infrared and radio wavelengths. Aguirre will discuss his work on new instruments to view this heretofore invisible process and how it is linked to the larger evolution of the universe.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe

Sep
12

6:00 pm
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Dustin BrissonRe-Invasion of Lyme Disease in the Northeastern United States World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street

Lyme disease appears to have re-emerged in the late 1900s after hundreds of years of near-complete absence. In this talk, Dustin Brisson will share his research exploring how and why Lyme disease has recently and rapidly returned to be the most prevalent vector-borne disease in North America.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe

Dec
5

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Masao SakoUnseen Objects in Our Solar System World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut Street

Masao Sako will discuss his research on searching for new objects in the solar system. He will describe efforts to discover objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, some of which contain valuable information about the complicated dynamical history of the system. Dr. Sako will also discuss why astronomers think that there is a massive previously-unseen planet out there, called Planet Nine, and how it might be found.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at bryangm@upenn.edu.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

https://news.upenn.edu/sciencecafe