Science on Tap is an opportunity for conversation, debate và interaction between scientists và the public while enjoying your favorite libation. Each month at the SpeakEZ Lounge, a knowledgeable expert hosts a discussion about acurrent scientifictopic:cutting edge cancer detection techniques, climate change, Ebola virology, sex in the animal kingdom, Parkinson's disease, or brewing beer, to lớn name just a few. This is a great chance khổng lồ indulge your academic interests in a casual setting while enjoying great food and beverages.

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Location: SpeakEZ lounge 600 Monroe Ave. NW 49503

Frequency: Second Thursday of every month at 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Stroik (stroikl

Lissa Tallman (tallmame


This November

The Chemistry Of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Jessie VandenPlas, Dept. Of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University

Date: Thursday, November 11

Time: 8 p.m.

Event Description:

Are you in need of some dinner table conversation this Thanksgiving? Trying lớn avoid delicate topics with your relatives?? Come learn some fascinating facts about how your Thanksgiving dinner is impacted by the wide world of chemistry that will make you the star of this holiday! What makes your dinner rolls rise?How vì you get your turkey perfectly browned? Is tryptophan really the reason you need a 4 hour nap after dinner? Can chemistry help you perfect grandma’s mashed potatoes? These questions và more will be answered in this talk from a certified food-lover/chemist.

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The event will also be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/scienceontapgrandrapids/.



Highlight from the February Science on tap


Darwin & friends - celebrating Charles Darwin's 207th birthday with the amazing Adaptations và Evolutionary Eccentricities Science on Tap.

Previous Science on Tap Talks




Munching on Monkeys: The sustainability of Primate Hunting among indigenous Waiwai in Guyana

Dr. Chris Shaffer, chantamquoc.vn Anthropology

October9, 2014

Ebola and Our Global Village

Dr. Doug Graham, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

November 20, 2014

Climate Change: What's it all about?

Michael Gutowsky, chantamquoc.vn Geology

December 16, 2014

The Paleolithic Diet: Then & Now

Dr. Debra Lown, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

January 29, 2015

Flirtation, Fertilization, và Frustration: a brief tour of animal sex

Dr. Cara Ocobock, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

February 12, 2015

Human Gait: Truth & Consequences

Dr. Lissa Tallman, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

March 12, 2015

To vaccinate or not to lớn vaccinate?

Dr. Suganthi Sridhar, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

April 9, 2015

Climate Change: Why it isn't a myth perpetuated by bad science

Dr. Kevin Strychar, Annis Water Resource Institute

May 14, 2015

Sex difference & sports interest: Myth và Reality

Dr. Robert Deaner, chantamquoc.vn Psychology

June 11, 2015

Profile of a Poisoner

Dr. Brian Judge,Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/MSU

July 9, 2015

Liquid Bread and the Bubbles in Your Head

David Ringler, Cedar Spring Brewing Company

August 13, 2015

Parkinson's Disease: current insights & needed breakthroughs

Dr. Caryl Sortwell,Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at the MSU College of Human Medicine

September 10, 2015

I see you. I own you. How novel medical imaging will revolutionize precision medicine

Dr. Anthony Chang, Van Andel Research Institute

October 8, 2015

The Right Climate for a Saner Diet

Robert Shapiro, the Humane Society of the United States

October 26, 2015

HIV and Tuberculosis: why the synergy? (Going viral...confessions of a closet microbiologist)

Dr. Julie Turner, Van Andel Research Institute

November 12, 2015

Intro lớn BIG History

Dr. Craig Benjamin, chantamquoc.vn History

December 10, 2015

What have we learned from Martian Robots?

Dr. Doug Furton, chantamquoc.vn Physics

January 14, 2016

Amazing Adaptations và Evolutionary Eccentricities

Dr. Laura Stroik, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

February 12, 2016


Bart Sumner of Rapid Delivery Improv

March 10, 2016

Can we kiến thiết spaces where people can actually think?

Richard Benoit, Steelcase

April 14, 2016

The snack that bites back! Carnivorous plants that keep cultures and waistlines intact

Rachel Schwallier, chantamquoc.vn Biology

May 12,2016

Meet is meat & a man must eat: investigating the African poaching crisis

Matthew Lindenburg

June 9, 2016

Tales of a medical examiner

Dr. Stephen Cole, Grand Rapids Medical Examiner

July 14, 2016

Restoring the Rapids

Tim Kelly, Planning Manager Downtown Rapids Inc.

August 11, 2016

Empathy: What is it Good for?

Dr. Heather Tafel

October 13, 2016

Making Sense ofSenses

Dr. Dan Bergman

November 10, 2016

Plagues, Death, & Human History

Dr. Kathryn Haley

December 8, 2016

Misconceptions About Conception

Dr. Christopher Pearl, chantamquoc.vn Biomedical Sciences

January 12, 2017

From Flush lớn Fresh: The Journey of Wastewater

Mike Lunn, Environmental Services Dept., city of Grand Rapids

February 9, 2017

The Science of Beer

Ryan Engemann

March 9, 2016

Can You Be Alive After You're Dead?: Ethical Controversies Around Death và Brain Death

Marleen Eijkholt, Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences, MSU

April 13, 2017

Moon-shine: Our Nearest Neighbor Seen In A New Light

Kevin Thaisen

May 11, 2017

Applied Behavior Analysis For A Modern Era

Sarah Campau, Behavior Specialist, Kent County

June 15, 2017

Why Would Russia Want lớn Interfere With Our Election Anyway?

Heather Tafel, Dept. Of Political Science, chantamquoc.vn

July 6, 2017

Cannibals và Crazy Cows: The Propagating Prion Protein

Guillermo Flores, Van Andel Institute, MSU College of Human Medicine

July 13, 2017

Coconut Oil, Gluten Free, Juice Cleanses...Oh My!

Katie Boss, Emily Palczewski, Dietitians of West Michigan

August 10, 2017

The Intersection Between Art và Technology

Vinicius Lima, Department of Visual and media Arts, Grand Valley State University

September 21, 2017

Medicinal Plants: Going, Going, Gone? A Case Study From Kenya

Kristin Hedges, Dept. Of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University

October 12, 2017

Why Is Labor So Laborious?: Evolutionary Medicine và Human Birth

Lissa Tallman, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

November 9, 2017

Weasels in the Woods: American Marten Ecology in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Paul Keenlance, Biology Department, Grand Valley State University

December 14, 2017

Ask a Paleontologist

Laura Stroik, Biomedical Science Department, Grand Valley State University

January 11, 2018

Evolution of the human mind and brain

Mark Reimers, Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University

February 8, 2018

Decoding a Diagnosis

Nicole Marganti, University Counseling Services (chantamquoc.vn), River city Psychological Services

March 8, 2018

Is Brown Fat the Secret to lớn Weight Loss?

Ted Towse, Biomedical Sciences Department, Grand Valley State University

April 12, 2018

What Happens When Beliefs Change?

Michael Wolfe, Department of Psychology, Grand Valley State University

May 10, 2018

From Research khổng lồ Public Policies

Martelle Esposito, President và CEO of Mothership

June 14, 2018

Does This đô thị Make Me Look Fat? How Our Cities Can Make Us Healthy, Or Kill Us, và How Urban Planning Can Help

Landon Bartley, Senior Planner, đô thị of Grand Rapids

July 12, 2018

Exploring The Ecology Of The Great Lakes

Mark Luttenton, Grand Valley State University, Annis Water Resources Institute

August 9, 2018

Touchy/Feely: Emotion-Centered Design

Joey Zeledon, Principal Designer, Steelcase

September 20, 2018

A Series of Tubes

Marc Bitterle, Network Engineer, Michigan State University

October 11, 2018

PFAS in West Michigan: Environmental and Health Concerns

Richard Rediske (Annis Water Resources Institute), Chris Pearl (Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, chantamquoc.vn)

November 8, 2018

Courtship In The Fruit Fly: What’s Histamine Got To vày With It?

Martin Burg, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

December 13, 2018

Your Closest Friends: The Human Microbiome

Danielle Whittaker, BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University

January 10, 2019

Who’s Your Crawdaddy? A Better Understanding Of Pot, Pain, Prozac, Pesticides, và Puffing Pungent Pugilists Via The Crayfish

Dan Bergman, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

February 14, 2019

Vaccination: Your Duty to lớn Humankind

Kristin Renkema, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

March 14, 2019

Just Taste the Biotransformation in this New England IPA! The Science of Making Great Beer

Eric Janson, Brewing Operations Manager, Odd Side Ales

April 11, 2019

Heart Disease: How Much Have We Learned From Animal Studies?

Ruijie Liu, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

May 9, 2019

Bugs & Drugs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Steve Triesenberg, MD, Mercy Health

June 13, 2019

Little Things, Big Impact: Understanding the Relationship Between Bacteria và Health

Janet Price, University of Michigan doctoral candidate

July 11, 2019

Going Native: A Case For Native Plants và Native Landscapes

Wesley Landon, Landscape Architect, Native Edge, LLC

August 8, 2019

Cretaceous Coastlines: How Fluctuating Sea-Levels Can Impact Coastal Dinosaur Communities

Cory Redman, Science Curator, Grand Rapids Public Museum

September 12, 2019

Michigan Made: Distilling With Long Road Distillers

Kyle Schutz and Jordon Muschiana, Long Road Distillers

October 10, 2019

Why Is The U.S. So Lousy At (Men’s) Soccer?

Rob Deaner, Dept. Of Psychology, chantamquoc.vn

November 14, 2019

Listening to lớn The Cosmos: The Era Of Multimessenger Astronomy

Brett Bolen, Dept. Of Physics, chantamquoc.vn

December 12, 2019

Comparative Primate Birth Mechanics

Natalie Laudicina, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, chantamquoc.vn

January 9, 2020

Science In 3D: Science Standards and Instructional Shifts

Christopher Start, NexTech High School, Grand Rapids

February 13, 2020

Why Lead In Pipes

John Bender, Dept. Of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University

August 12, 2021

Ask An Anatomist

Lissa Tallman and Laura Stroik, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

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