Past Meetup

Science Cafe - Sink Your Teeth into Dental Science

This Meetup is past

9 people went

Location image of event venue


“Sink Your Teeth into Dental Science” is the topic for January's Science Café Little Rock. Panelists will discuss oral microbiology, salivary chemistry and minimally-invasive dentistry as well as dental innovation and education in Arkansas.

Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. Admission is free, no reservations are needed, but seating is limited.

S. Bryan Whitaker, DDS, Director, Office of Oral Health (, Arkansas Dept. of Health (, Little Rock, AR

Charles Cranford, DDS, Director, Center for Dental Education (, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (, Little Rock, AR

John Svendsen, MS, DDS, Periodontics (, Little Rock, AR ________________________________________________

Moderator -
Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., UAMS/Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Research Institute Assistant Professor

Director -
Linda Williams, M.S., Research Liaison, College of Medicine, UAMS; Science Author (, Blog (

Radio Sneak Peak

Each month a speaker from the SC panel of scientists/experts provides insight on the topic as a guest on the KUAR ( ( "Science Cafe Little Rock" talk show hosted by our own Dorothy Graves, Ph.D. at (6:05-6:30 p.m.) just prior to the live event at 7 p.m. Dorothy's guest in January will be Dr. Charles Cranford.

The first science cafés (Café Scientifique) were started in Europe in the early 1990’s. The intent was to offer a relaxed public forum for the exchange of ideas (over coffee, beer, and food) in a friendly setting where anyone could come and sharpen their knowledge of the modern sciences. It was also a place where people could ask questions about the relevance, risk, and ethical concerns relating to a topic. Today, there are science cafés around the world. Cafés, pubs and restaurants serve as venues for scientists and other experts to give short public presentations on specific topics followed by Q&A and open discussion.

Each Science Café event includes a moderator who introduces 2-3 panelists addressing a monthly topic as it relates to his/her experience and expertise. After each speakers’ brief (10-15 minute) talk, the audience asks questions and discusses the topic. The moderator fills in the gaps and facilitates questions. The Science Café provides an opportunity for an interesting night out, a chance to meet new people, learn new things, and discuss current scientific research/applications in plain English.

Science Cafe in Little Rock ( is hosted by Vieux Carre/The Afterthought ( the 4th Tuesday of every month. Join your Freethinking friends for a fun and interesting evening! Get there early as seating is limited.

Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Aristotle, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Science and Mathematics, Southwestern Energy, Arkansas INBRE, Central Arkansas Section - American Chemical Society, UAMS Graduate School, KUAR-FM89, Vieux Carré/The Afterthought, and the Arkansas Academy of Sciences.