Science Pub

Thirsty for a good conversation in a comfortable atmosphere? Do you have questions you would like to ask a scientist or would you just like to sit back, relax and learn something new about the world? Come to a Science Pub for an open, thought-provoking, easy-to-understand discussion.

Thursday, March 28 6-8pm

March Science Pub

We will be back at our usual location at the Galway Room in the Lebanon Salt hill pub.

Starting at 6pm we will be speaking about the Science of Addiction, featuring faculty working in the Geisel School of Medicine.

Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, February 28 6-8pm Salt hill pub West Leb

February Science Pub: Quantum Technology and Gravitational Waves

Please note our temporary location for this month's Science Pub: we will start at 6pm at the West Lebanon location

Current electronics and communications rely on electrons and binary computing. In order to process more information faster, new technologies are being developed through quantum physics. You might think this is a branch of science utterly removed from your daily lives, but you are in fact already probably using technology that has been improved by our knowledge of quantum physics. Computers, semi-conductors, lasers all use quantum technology, but what about the future? Come to this month's science pub to learn how you can play a part in the quantum revolution.

About our speakers:

James Whitfield graduated from Morehouse College (B.S.) and obtained his doctorate in Chemical Physics from Harvard in 2011. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vienna, he now an Assistant Professor in the  Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. Research interests are focused on novel computing approaches to electronic structure with an emphasis on quantum computation.  Interests include the theoretical limitations of quantum simulation, improving quantum algorithms and addressing the longstanding question of what today's quantum computation can tell us about fermionic systems of applied interest.

Dhrubo Jyoti is a recent Ph.D. graduate in theoretical physics specializing in cosmology from Dartmouth's Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dhrubo published research on early Universe cosmology, specifically the Inflationary paradigm and the Big Bang, the first tiny fraction of a second of the universe. Under the supervision of Professor Robert Caldwell, he developed, as part of his thesis, mathematical formalism for observationally testing Einstein's theory of gravity using strong gravitational lensing phenomena on extra-galactic scales. A publication based on this work is in preparation and will appear in the near future. In his spare time, Dhrubo likes to play instrumental music (Sitar), train with weights at the gym and occasionally go salsa dancing. He will be speaking about his work, as well as the recent revolutionary advancement in direct detection of gravitational waves, literally a 'sixth sense' for observing the universe.

January Science Pub: Everything You Wanted to Know About CRISPR But Were Afraid to Ask

Every month we collect our Science Pub evaluations and every month we see CRISPR as a topic suggestion; you've waited long enough!

Come to January's Science Pub to learn about this fascinating and cutting edge gene editing technology.

You may have heard several stories in the news recently related to the relatively recent breakthroughs in gene editing thanks to CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats. This technology has the potential to treat genetically-defined diseases and we have three experts to discuss what this might look like for cancer and autism.

Come to the January pub to learn just what Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is all about.

Discussion Leaders:

Dr. Michael Cole is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Systems Biology in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has spent over 35 yrs studying the mutations that drive cancer. He was the first to introduce CRISPR technology into the Dartmouth scientific community.

Bryan Luikart, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Systems Biology at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  Dr. Luikart received a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology from Texas A&M Universty (1999), a PhD in Neuroscience from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center under Luis Parada (2004), and completed postdoctoral training under Gary Westbrook at the Vollum Institute (2010). Dr. Luikart joined the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2011.  Since joining the faculty at Geisel, Dr. Luikart studies how dysfunction of the autism predisposition gene,  PTEN, impacts neuronal function.  Further, the Luikart laboratory has developed CRISPR technology to target numerous genes that have been associated with autism in patients.  In collaboration with Steve Fiering at Geisel they have generate novel gene knockout mice to model autism.

Elizabeth Sergison is the director of the newly established CRISPR Core at Dartmouth, a subset of the genetics and molecular biology shared resource.  She received her B.A. in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College and Ph.D. in molecular and systems biology from Dartmouth College.  Her research involves using genome-wide CRISPR knockout screens to identify new tumor suppressor genes in breast cancer. 

About the Program

These public events are open to all and are held at:

Salt Hill Pub, 2 W. Park St., Lebanon, NH from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

Science Pubs run during the fall (October and November) and spring (February, March and April, weather permitting).  

Based on the Science Cafe model developed in Europe in the 1990s, Science Pubs at Salt Hill bring scientists and the public together for informal discussion around topics relevant to your world. A Science Pub is not a lecture but is a good conversation. Enjoy your refreshments or dinner while engaging with your community and local scientists and experts.

Please call ahead to the Salt Hill Pub for any potential weather-related cancellations.  Science Pubs meet on the last Thursday of the given month.

Brought to you by Dartmouth Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies Outreach and Salt Hill Pub, Lebanon.

Science Pubs are recorded, created into podcasts, and published on the Steaming Piles of Science website, where you can also catch up on any topics you missed.

More Science Cafes in NH and VT: Science Cafe NH, Science on Tap. For More Information about Science Cafes visit: Science Cafes.