So a scientist walks into a bar...
The Old Ox Brewery to be more specific. And then shares their work with the public. Over beers. Alright, its not much of a punchline, but it does make for a good time. Check here for upcoming events!
Tuesday, AUG 6
THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY
OLD OX BREWERY, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
44652 Guilford Drive, Suite 114
Ashburn, VA 20147
Discover how individual experiences can dramatically change our brains’ makeup. DAVID LINDEN, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will explore how the diseases you’ve had, the foods you’ve eaten, the bacteria that resides in your body and even the weather during your early development can all play a part in human individuality.
* To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, call 703-777-0368. Three days notice is requested.
Tuesday, JUNE 4
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE; LEARNING FROM DISASTERS
Natural and man-made hazards can cause engineered structures to fail. These events provide a natural laboratory for understanding how critical community functions become disrupted and expose hurdles in the recovery process. Discover how disasters can be used to strength communities with JUDY MITRANI-REISER, Director of Disaster and Failure Studies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Tuesday, May 7
THE HISTORY OF ABUSED DRUGS
A hundred years ago, heroin, cocaine and marijuana were legal in the United States. What changed? MIKE HITCHCOCK, a Senior Forensic Chemist for U.S. Postal Inspection Service, will cover the history of abused drugs, including the “legal big 3” ─ alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.
Tuesday, April 2
SECRETS OF BRAIN EVOLUTION
Discover how the love song of the fruit fly can teach us about the secrets of brain evolution with DAVID STERN, Group Leader at Janelia Research Campus.
Tuesday, MARCH 5
THE MOUSE AND THE MACHINE
Biologist DR. ROIAN EGNOR, a Senior Scientist at Janelia Research Campus, uses machine learning to explore the secret life of mice. Her work focuses on the ultrasonic vocalizations mice make during mating, social reunion, play and territorial defense. Egnor has worked with a variety of animals from endangered Hawaiian monk seals to bullfrogs, from dolphins to barn owls.
Tuesday, FEB 5
BIRDS, BATS, AND WIND TURBINES
MONA KHALIL of the U.S. Geological Survey will share the innovative research and methods being used to reduce impacts of renewable energy production on wildlife.
Tuesday, JAN 8
THE ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Professor GIOVANNI BAIOCCHI from the University of Maryland looks at the interdisciplinary science of climate change from scientific, technological, economic and behavioral perspectives.
Tuesday, DEC 4
THE BOMB DETECTIVE
After a terrorist's bomb goes off, the race to put it back together begins and it's usually led by KIRK YEAGER. As the FBI's Chief Explosives Scientist, he leads U.S. and foreign law enforcement to determine how terrorist-made explosives work and finds new ways to detect and stop them. Meet Kirk Yeager for a discussion of his work as a chemist, engineer, and one of the FBI's five senior laboratory scientists.
Tuesday, Nov 13
THE BIOLOGY OF SELF
NELSON SPRUSTON, a Senior Director at the Janelia Research Campus, examines humankind’s pursuit to understand the nature of self – from the philosophical discussions in Ancient Greece to the modern concepts of neuroscience that unveil the biological basis of self.
Tuesday, OCT 13
THE DARK WEB
You’ve heard about it, but do you really know what it is? This talk will shed light on the darkest corners of the internet. WARREN HOLSTON has worked throughout the intelligence and defense community for more than 30 years. He has served as collection officer and senior manager in the Central Intelligence Agency and as a manhunting expert for U.S. Special Operations Command. Holston has managed and conducted counterterrorism, covert action and technical operations worldwide.
Tuesday, SEPT 11
TALES FROM A DRUG DEVELOPER
Developing pharmaceutical drugs to treat human diseases is a challenging and expensive process. Although huge strides have been made in the industry, drugs typically come with several warnings and side effects, and numerous diseases have no treatment at all. In this discussion about pharmaceutical drug discovery, BRUCE KIMMEL, CEO of Vidrio Technologies, reveals how drugs are developed and why we don’t have a cure for everything.