April 2021

Knotty Knits and Evening of Math and Crafts

Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto, Assistant Professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Matsumoto will be discussing creative crafts and math research. What can physics learn from crochet? How does a simple stitch change the stretch of a scarf, and how are modern materials and manufacturing learning from their wooly ancestors? Join Dr. Matsumoto for a talk about curvature using pattern making, symmetries using quilt squares and flags, hyperbolic space using quilting at crochet, and knot theory and coding using knits. For your reading pleasure, check out this linked NYTimes article on her research!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Via Zoom

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March 2021

Special double cafe month!

Oxford Science Cafe Quiz Bowl

Host: Dr. Gavin Davies, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Join us for a night of fun and trivia! Match wits with other science enthusiasts! Win prizes!

March 16, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Via Zoom

The Mind-Body Connection and the Secret Life of your Immune System

Dr. Staci Bilbo, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University

Activation of the immune system via illness, poor nutrition, or a stressful environment in youth can alter early brain development and impact adult mood, physical health, and ability to think and can influence health outcomes like obesity and drug use. Understanding how the immune system interacts with the body and brain to produce these results guides our ability to lessen their harm. Social factors like poverty, pollution, and addiction contribute to activation of the immune system. Thus, it is also important to work with communities to dampen the devastating influence of these social factors on the growing brain. Dr. Bilbo will talk about research in an animal model examining the impact of combined environmental stressors during pregnancy on offspring mental health outcomes, and how these impacts may be mitigated by targeting the immune system.

Special time and place! Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Via Zoom

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February 2021

Dr. Nicholas Timme Postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI):

Examining compulsive drinking in a rodent model of alcohol use disorder

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a devastating disease that negatively affects millions of Americans and costs billions of dollars a year. A key feature of AUD is compulsive drinking, wherein a person continues to consume alcohol despite negative consequences. In this month's Science Cafe, we will discuss general theories of AUD and my research on compulsive drinking in a rodent model of AUD. In addition, I'll talk about my somewhat unusual career path from physics to neuroscience.

February 16, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Via Zoom

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January 2021

Dr. Wayne L. Gray Instructonal Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Mississippi:

Understanding Vaccines: Preventing Diseases from Smallpox to COVID-19

These days everyone is talking about vaccines and hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine. At this month's Science Cafe, we'll address several questions concerning vaccines: How do they work to prevent disease? How safe are vaccines and why do some people have concerns about vaccines? What is herd immunity? What are the various types of vaccines? We'll review the history of vaccines and discuss several of the more than 20 vaccines that are now routinely given to children and adults. Finally, we'll examine the current COVID-19 vaccines and consider their effectiveness and safety. Issues regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be discussed.

January 19, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Via Zoom

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