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Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Upcoming events (4)

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Policing as a Public Health Crisis

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EVENT DESCRIPTION: Recent high profile deaths of unarmed people of color have gained widespread national attention, though negative encounters between police and the community are not a new trend. In addition to the acute impacts felt after the more extreme examples of lethal force, how does policing affect the long-term mental, physical, social and structural health and wellbeing of a community as a whole? Recent research aims to define the broader and more nuanced adverse effects that policing can have on population health.

At this Science on Tap we will be joined by three experts for a panel discussion where we will examine questions such as: why does it matter if we define police interaction as a public health issue? Do the characteristics of a community affect how it is policed, or does the policing affect the community’s characteristics? (Or both?) What can be done to prevent negative outcomes related to policing?

Dr. Maayan Simckes (https://buff.ly/3yoObYc) is an epidemiologist at the Washington State Department of Health. She completed her Masters in Public Health at the Saint Louis College for Public Health and Social Justice and her PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Simckes' doctoral research examined the complex relationship between policing and population health. She is passionate about moving the field of public health toward more equitable and inclusive practices that promote social justice across policies, programs, and systems.

Dr. Sirry Alang (https://sirryalang.com/) is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Health, Medicine and Society at Lehigh University. Her most recent research examines how police brutality shapes health outcomes among communities disproportionately exposed to racialized policing. She frequently contributes to public dialogue on violent and racialized policing with some of her opinions published in media outlets such as the Salon, USA Today, and Union for Concerned Scientists.

Dr. Hedwig Lee (https://buff.ly/3mDBuXq) is a Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at Washington University in St. Louis. She is broadly interested in the social determinants and consequences of population health and health disparities, with a particular focus on the role of structural racism in health inequality.

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Written questions during the event are welcome!

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What Insects Do, and Why

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EVENT DESCRIPTION: Insect lives are much more complex than most of us can imagine. From elegant displays of courtship to brutal acts of predation, the behaviors of insects are often invisible or incomprehensible to humans.

At this event we will hear from Ross Piper, author of What Insects Do, and Why (https://www.broadwaybooks.net/book/9780691217697). He will take us on an unforgettable tour of the insect world, presenting these amazing creatures as you have never seen them before. Come learn about topics such as insect evolution, reproduction and life cycles, feeding strategies, defenses, sociality, parasite-host interactions, human impacts on insects, and more. Join us for a discussion of the marvelous diversity of insects all around us around the world as well as in your own backyard.

Dr. Ross Piper (https://www.rosspiper.net/) is an entomologist, zoologist, and explorer. He has also been a presenter and on-screen expert for the BBC and Sky. He is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a visiting fellow at the University of Essex. His other books include the acclaimed Animal Earth (https://www.rosspiper.net/writing/animal-earth/). Twitter @DrRossPiper

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Written questions during the event are welcome!

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

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EVENT DESCRIPTION:
What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? Three hundred years ago, animals that broke the law would be assigned legal representation and put on trial. These days the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology.

At this very special event we will be joined by New York Times  best-selling author Mary Roach (https://maryroach.net/maryroach-bio.html) for an entertaining conversation about her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (https://www.broadwaybooks.net/book/9781324001935). We can ask about her about the time she tagged along with animal-attack forensics investigators, when she traveled to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the pope arrived for Easter Mass to watch how they handle floral display-destroying gulls, what it’s like to taste-tests rat bait, and how to install a vulture effigy.

Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. When it comes to “problem” wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem—and the solution. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.

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Mary Roach joined us in 2017 to talk about her book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War and you can hear a recording of that event on our podcast, A Scientist Walks Into A Bar (https://www.scienceontaporwa.org/podcast/episode-14-grunt-with-mary-roach/). You can also find this recording on YouTube or by searching for A Scientist Walks Into A Bar in your favorite podcast app and going to Episode 14.

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A Dog’s World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans

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EVENT DESCRIPTION:
What would happen to dogs if humans simply disappeared? Would dogs be able to survive on their own without us? What might they become without direct human intervention into breeding, arranged playdates at the dog park, regular feedings, and veterinary care?

At this event we will be joined by Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff, authors of A Dog’s World (https://www.broadwaybooks.net/book/9780691196183). Drawing on biology, ecology, and the latest findings on the lives and behavior of dogs and their wild relatives, they imagine a posthuman future for dogs and reveal how dogs would survive—and possibly even thrive. They will talk about how dogs are quick learners who are highly adaptable and opportunistic, and they offer compelling evidence that dogs already do survive on their own—and could do so in a world without us. Join us to learn how this new and revolutionary perspective can guide how we interact with dogs now.

Jessica Pierce (https://www.jessicapierce.net/) is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. Her books include Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets (https://www.broadwaybooks.net/book/9780226209890).

Marc Bekoff (https://marcbekoff.com/) is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His books include Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do (https://www.broadwaybooks.net/book/9780226755694). Twitter @MarcBekoff

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Written questions during the event are welcome!

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COST: Free, with a $5 -15 suggested donation

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WATCH LATER:
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Visit the Science On Tap website:
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