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:

Feb
6

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Jonathan HeckmanAfter the Higgs Boson: What's next for fundamental physics at the Large Hadron Collider? World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

Professor Heckman is a theorist working at the interface of particle physics and string theory and in particular how to "connect strings to things." His work aims at addressing what is the structure of Nature at the shortest distance scales. Recently there has been much excitement about the discovery of the Higgs boson. But what is the Higgs boson and what comes next? Come learn what physicists hope to understand about fundamental particles and interactions from the Large Hadron Collider.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences 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.

Click HERE to see a complete listing of all of the Spring 2018 Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafés.

Mar
13

6:00 pm
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Regina BakerPoverty in the American South World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

As a sociologist, Regina Baker studies inequality, social stratification and families, particularly in the South. Although poverty and uneven development exist everywhere, this part of the country has seen a disproportionate share of the nation’s socioeconomic problems. For decades, poverty there has been the highest and most persistent, and the Great Recession only made things worse. In this talk, Dr. Baker will discuss the latest findings from her research, which looks at the role of demographic, economic and racial factors that influence poverty, as well as the uncertainty of future safety nets for America's most vulnerable populations. 

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences 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.

Click HERE to see a complete listing of all of the Spring 2018 Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafes. 

Apr
10

6:00 pm
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Bethany Wiggin Nikhil Anand Richard Pepino Howard NeukrugWater, Water Everywhere World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

In presentations and a panel discussion, a quartet of Penn researchers with diverse backgrounds will share their research and thoughts about water. Nikhil Anand and Bethany Wiggin will present their work on Mumbai and Philadelphia as two chapters in a global story about trade, water and empire; the creation of port infrastructure and the loss of historic wetlands; and the responses of contemporary communities to changing waters, including those rising as a result of climate change. And with the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, as a backdrop, Richard Pepino will discuss his investigation of the risk of lead service lines contributing to childhood lead poisoning in Philadelphia. Howard Neukrug, Director of the new Water Center at Penn, will offer a brief introduction to the panel.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences 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.

Click HERE to see a complete listing of all of the Spring 2018 Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafés.

Jun
12

6:00 pm
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Projit MukharjiWho Do You Think You Are? Modern Identities Between Genes and Rebirths, India c. 1950's - 1980's World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

What makes us who we are? Is it our genes? Or is it in fact our memories? Projit Bihari Mukharji will discuss how, in newly-independent India two new sciences, genetics and parapsychology, both tried to answer this question in their distinctive ways. At the time both the disciplines were themselves also struggling to define their identities. Even as the quests for disciplinary identities were interlaced with the quest to define human identities scientifically, their political resonances with identity politics and nation-building were too obvious to ignore. As scientists, their methods and their questions moved between these various levels; scientific questions about human identity also became questions about the identity of science itself.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences 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.

Click HERE to see a complete listing of all of the Spring 2018 Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafés.