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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

You’ve Heard About Drinking Liberally. But What About Science on Tap?

posted by on March 27 at 21:17 PM

Politics heads pride themselves on being wonked out goofballs—taking over bars and talking about DOJ e-mails, Hillary vs. Obama, and circuit breaker property tax reform.

But has anyone ever been to this—Science on Tap in Ravenna?

Holy nanofabrication! Yesterday night there was a lecture on nanotechnology given by the director of the Center for Nanotechnology at the UW.

Science on Tap meets at the Pub at Ravenna Third Place Bookstore (corner of 20th Ave NE and NE 65th Street) on the last Monday of every month at 7pm.

The next event meeting features Peter Vitaliano from UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences giving a talk (which sounds a bit depressing) titled: “Stress, Aging and the Effects on our Body: is Caregiving Hazardous to Your Health?”

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Hey Josh - did you find out about that one in the latest issue of Wired? I noticed it there and was sort of surprised I'd never heard of it either. Good for Seattle - it's always embarrassing when we don't make the lists we should.

Posted by kap0w | March 28, 2007 8:25 AM

“Stress, Aging and the Effects on our Body: is Caregiving Hazardous to Your Health?”

If Prof Vitaliano has to cancel for some reason, I could give this lecture.

Posted by Sean | March 28, 2007 8:42 AM

Oh goodie, I need another excuse to go out for a brew or three.

Posted by N in Seattle | March 28, 2007 10:41 AM

Had to dig through the site to verify that alcohol was served. (the first page refers to "refilling coffee")

Very nice, I saw kip thorn a few years back, and booze helps the science go down.

Posted by wisepunk | March 28, 2007 11:04 AM

Yeah, I've been to this a couple of times. They do it in the pub (which is downstairs from the bookstore proper) so of course there is alcohol. They might have larger events (when a popular author is in town, or something) upstairs, but the ones I attended were in the bar.

They're not as entertaining as you might think (science types don't drink the way politicos do, and I suspect that -- again, unlike political types -- alcohol makes them quieter). But if it's a subject that interests you, the give-and-take can be fascinating, particularly since there are often experts from the UW or industry sitting around and they're more willing to speculate "beyond the science" with a drink in hand.

Posted by Joe | March 28, 2007 11:43 AM

Thanks for the details.

Yes. Saw it in Wired.

Posted by Josh Feit | March 28, 2007 1:04 PM

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