UA Science Café Series Kicks Off New Season

Four venues in the Tucson metro area will host the University's scientists as they discuss cutting-edge research across various fields.
Sept. 12, 2017

The University of Arizona's Science Café Series brings the community together with UA scientists and graduate students at four venues around Tucson. Participants can listen and learn about cutting-edge research, get to know the people behind the science, and take the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their understanding. Here is the complete schedule for the 2017 series:


"Aquifers to Zika: Biotic and Abiotic Issues in Conservation": Environmental conservation encompasses a wide range of concerns, from preventing epidemics to establishing sustainable water sources, from animal conservation to predicting climate change. In this series, four UA Carson Scholars will examine how genomics, entomology, photovoltaics and citizen science can be used to address the breadth of environmental challenges that the world faces today. (All start at 6 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 14

Topic: "Born to Be Bad: Zika's Hidden Cycle of Transmission"

Speaker: Genevieve Comeau, Ph.D. student, entomology and epidemiology 

Thursday, Oct. 12 

Topic: "Water Desalination Using High Concentration Photovoltaics: Water, Energy and Food Security for Underserved Populations in the Most Arid Regions of the World"

Speaker: Rodolfo Peon, Ph.D. student, Arid Lands Resource Sciences 

Thursday, Nov. 9 

Topic: "Blood, Tissue, Hides and Bones: Using Conservation Genomics to Inform the Reintroduction of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs"

Speaker: Alex Erwin, J.D./Ph.D. student, genetics 

Thursday, Dec. 7 

Topic: "The Winds Above, the Flowers Below: How the Jet Stream Influences Changing Seasonal Cues and Plant Growth"

Speaker: Amy Hudson, Ph.D. student, School of Natural Resources and the Environment 

AT MAGPIE'S PIZZA, 605 N. Fourth Ave.

"All the Moons You Need to Know: The Amazing Moons of Our Solar System": We're all familiar with our moon, which lights up our night sky and cycles through our lives. But many of us don't know much about the other moons in our solar system, moons that orbit planets such as Saturn and Jupiter. These days, scientists are especially interested in those "other moons." Many of the most exciting recent discoveries in planetary science are connected to those moons, and some even look like prime candidates for microbial life. (All start at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 19 

Topic: "Our New View of the Moon"

Speaker: Lynn Carter, associate professor, UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Tuesday, Oct. 10 

Topic: "Jupiter’s Moons: Io Is Hot and Europa's Ocean May Harbor Life"

Speaker: Alfred McEwen, professor, UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory 

Tuesday, Nov. 21 

Topic: "The Moons of Saturn: Conditions for Life?"

Speaker: Bashar Rizk, senior staff scientist, UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory 

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Topic: "Cold and Curious: Pluto and Its Moons"

Speaker: Tod Lauer, astronomer, National Optical Astronomy Observatory 

AT SADDLEBROOKE, Desert View Performing Arts, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive

"Earth's Core to the Clouds": Volcanoes, earthquakes and ocean currents are a few of the geologic forces that have shaped the contours of our planet for millennia. Today, our climate is rapidly changing. Research presented in this series seeks answers about why and how natural phenomena and human evolution have played a role. The journey from the deepest depths of Earth will culminate in a closer look at the trends happening today in the Southwest. (All start at 6:30 p.m.) 

Thursday, Oct. 12 

Topic: "Subduction, Earthquakes and Volcanoes: How They Shape Our Dynamic Planet"

Speaker: Susan Beck, professor, geosciences 

Thursday, Nov. 9 

Topic: "Earth's Greatest Mountains: The Rise and Demise of Extreme Topography"

Speaker: Barbara Carrapa, professor, geosciences 

Thursday, Dec. 5 

Topic: "Earth's Climate Trajectory: Past, Present and Future"

Speaker: Jess Tierney, associate professor, geosciences and global change

AT TUMAMOC HILL, off West Anklam Road, west of North Silverbell Road

The Science Café at Tumamoc Hill provides speakers on topics that relate to the science, history, archaeology and educational mission of the hill, located to the west of "A" Mountain, near downtown. The talks are held in the library of the old Desert Laboratory, buildings that are roughly halfway up the hill. The staff asks that reservations be made for the Science Café in order to provide adequate shuttle service. Contact Cynthia Anson at 520-629-9455 or (All start at 6 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 11 

Topic: "Lepus alleni: Arizona's Super Hare"

Speaker: David Brown, faculty, UA Natural Resources Studies and ASU School of Life Sciences 

Wednesday, Nov. 8 

Topic: "Beyond Cattle and Grains: Adaptation to Global Change in Arid Rural Communities"

Speaker: America Lutz Ley, assistant professor, Center for Development Studies, El Colegio de Sonora 

Wednesday, Dec. 13 

Topic: "Borderlands Restoration: Bringing Back Water and Wildlife to Foster a Restoration Economy along the U.S.-Mexico Border"

Speaker: Ron Pulliam, founder and science adviser, Borderlands Restoration