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Suds and Science: Can Pond Scum Save the World? with Dr. Stephen Mayfield

Can Pond Scum Save the World?

For the last century, we’ve used cheap fossil fuels to drive our cars—and to drive unprecedented economic and agricultural growth. But fossil fuel reserves are limited, and we’re beginning to see the cost of fuel and food rising. Could pond scum be the answer? Grab a pint and find out from Dr. Stephen Mayfield the unusual solution to these pressing issues that’s putting San Diego on the forefront of biofuel development. 

About Suds & Science

Suds & Science are bimonthly events that bring scientists to your neighborhood bar. Raise a pint and listen to a 15-minute fun-yet-informative presentation on a hot science topic followed by an open and engaging conversation. Ask questions and form opinions while enjoying an adult beverage. Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into science.


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  • Sean

    Been reading quite a bit about this recently.

    January 9, 2014

    • Reuben H. Fleet Science C.

      Sean, it sure is an interesting topic. If you weren't able to join us last night, I hope you'll consider joining us at one of the upcoming Suds & Science events. The next one is scheduled March 10th (speaker and topic to be announced very soon) and on May 12th the topic will be "Fermentation, Flocculation & Frothy Goodness - Beer Science With Experts From White Labs".

      January 14, 2014

  • Dawn M.

    Rats, I have to pass on tonight's get together after all. Hopefully next time!

    January 13, 2014

    • Reuben H. Fleet Science C.

      Sorry you weren't able to join us, Dawn. Hopefully you can make it to one of the upcoming ones. Next one is scheduled for March 10th (speaker and topic to be announced soon) and on May 12th the topic will be "Fermentation, Flocculation & Frothy Goodness - Beer Science With Experts From White Labs".

      January 14, 2014

  • zen

    i turn algae into biofuels. looking forward to it!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dr Mayfield was an exceptionally engaging speaker. Others at the talk, many of them his former students, were also very interesting to talk to. Overall a fantastic event!

    January 14, 2014

    • Reuben H. Fleet Science C.

      Thanks so much for coming last night! So glad you enjoyed the event. We were very fortunate Dr. Mayfield was able to join us. Stay tuned for info on all the upcoming Suds & Science events. The next one is scheduled for March 10th (topic and speaker to be announced soon) and then we will welcome experts from White Labs on the topic "Fermentation, Flocculation & Frothy Goodness - Beer Science With Experts From White Labs" on May 12th. All Suds & Science will take place at Callahan's Pub and Brewery.

      January 14, 2014

  • Dawn M.

    Hoping to attend depending on my schedule that afternoon. (And the south-bound commute on 15 . . . )

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody I just joined!

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    SO cool- sorry to have to miss this - I will be camping!

    January 7, 2014

    • Reuben H. Fleet Science C.

      Milinda, sorry to hear you'll have to miss the event, but camping sounds like a lot of fun too! Stay tuned for more Suds & Science in events in San Diego in 2014.

      January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    At least two kids and young adults I would love to be able to take to something like this . . . can't go. It's a bar.

    January 6, 2014

    • Reuben H. Fleet Science C.

      Hi PhotoJoe! So glad to hear that kids and young adults are interested in science. Callahan's is a full service restaurant welcoming families with children.

      January 7, 2014

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