Cafe Sci this Thurs: "This house smells so good—I wonder what I’m inhaling?"

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Blake Street Tavern

2301 Blake Street · Denver, CO

How to find us

Tailgate Room - north side of the bar

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• What we'll do

Cafe Sci 1 meets at Blake Street Tavern (parking info below) and starts at 6:30, though we recommend arriving no later than 6:00 for good parking and a good seat. Come eat, drink, listen, learn and question with your fellow heathens (and other smart people). Cafe Sci is science outreach for the general public. You don't need to be a brainiac to enjoy it - just good old fashioned curiosity :).

Speaker: Dr. Marina Vance (CU Boulder)
Topic Link:
Hosts: Helen McFarland and Dr. John Cohen
Topic Description:

The air pollution of our everyday lives: What cooking and cleaning does to the air of our homes. Marina Vance will talk about a study called HOMEChem, when scientists from over a dozen universities in the US and Canada converged on a manufactured house to cook and clean for a month, and to learn about unknown chemistry that happens when those everyday activities are performed. Although outdoor air pollution has been studied and regulated for decades, indoor air pollution isn't understood to the same level of detail, which is interesting because we spend 90% of our time indoors. Our speaker will talk to us about the complex reality of our indoor air quality, considering the influences from indoor and outdoor pollution sources.

The HOMEChem experiment sounds to us at Café Sci like it was a hoot! It was headed up by Dr. Vance, and her colleague at Colorado State University, Dr. Delphine Farmer. You can read and see more about it, and the parent research community, on its excellent web site.

Dr. Vance was also featured in a recent article by Nicola Twilley on the HOMEChem experiment in The New Yorker called Home Smog.

• Important to know
Parking: Please park the Blake Street Tavern lots North and West of the building. **Be sure and read ALL parking signs as the lots are shared with other businesses and THEY WILL ticket if you park in the wrong space! Recommend arriving by 6:00 for good seats and to get food/drink ordered.**

BST is a short 15 minute walk from Union Station.

Cafe is open to the general public and typically has 70+ people in attendance.