The Next W&S



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

posted Nov 11, 2019, 4:02 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 4:41 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism: 💩 for brains
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

Gut Microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease: What the Sh*t?

Hemraj B Dodiya, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Neurobiology

University of Chicago


a panel discussion will follow about the relationship between gut organisms and neurological health

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

posted Sep 26, 2019, 5:23 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 5:47 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  like a (a)sex(ual) machine
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

Is the water you are drinking safe? How synthetic biology can help you determine the answer

Kirsten Jung, Graduate Student

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Northwestern University


Getting our feet in the door: Improving process efficiency in bacteria

Sam Leach, Graduate Student

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Northwestern University


Hosted by Erica

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

posted Aug 8, 2019, 8:39 AM by Scott Burman   [ updated Aug 19, 2019, 9:25 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  it's getting hot in here
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

A panel discussion with scientists and experts about the impacts of rising heat index on your community
Jessica Collingsworth
Lead Midwest Energy Policy Analyst
Union of Concerned Scientists

Courtney Hanson
Program Manager
People for Community Recovery
Daniel Horton
Climate Change Research Group
Northwestern University

Jordan L Schnell
Climate Change Research Group
Northwestern University

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

posted Jul 11, 2019, 12:17 AM by Scott Burman   [ updated Aug 8, 2019, 8:36 AM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  Let the [anti]bodies hit the floor
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

The genetic tricks gonorrhea has been evolving inside of us for thousands of years

Sarah Quillin, PhD, MPH Candidate

Northwestern University


Antibodies - How we made one of nature’s weapons into one of our own

Justin Modica, PostDoc

Northwestern University


Hosted by Erica

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

posted Jun 10, 2019, 4:35 PM by Scott Burman

Wonder & Skepticism:  You're so vein
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

Personalized medicine is here: Replicating patients’ veins

Andrés Moya Rodríguez, Grad Student University of Chicago


When the bead drops:🔥 applications of microfluidics

Becca Back, Research Technician University of Chicago


Hosted by Natasha

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

posted May 7, 2019, 3:16 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated Jun 10, 2019, 4:55 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  Every picture tells a story (also, mummies)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

Art & engineering: Tracking the chemistry that makes paintings come to life

Becca Harmon, Graduate Student

Northwestern University


Unraveling the Secrets of a Roman-Egyptian Mummy

Victoria Cooley, Graduate Student in Materials Science & Engineering

Northwestern University


Hosted by Cortney & Erica

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

posted Mar 26, 2019, 6:01 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated May 7, 2019, 3:47 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  blind leading the naked
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

Naked mole-rats getting high and living forever: lessons in endocannabinoid control of development

Brigitte M Browe, PhD Candidate

University of Illinois at Chicago


Naked, neuro-protected and cancer-free

Emily Vice, Graduate Student

University of Illinois at Chicago


Hosted by Erica & Natasha

Wednesday 13 March 2019

posted Feb 28, 2019, 4:36 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated May 7, 2019, 3:48 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  Where is my mind?
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

Katie's Kainate Receptors: Using CRISPR to identify the link between a single genetic mutation and a mysterious neurodevelopmental disorder
Erica Binelli, PhD Candidate
Northwestern University

It's All Right: The right hemisphere's role in language comprehension
Andriana Christofalos, PhD Candidate 
University of Illinois at Chicago

Hosted by Hannah

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

posted Jan 22, 2019, 11:54 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated May 7, 2019, 3:48 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  You and me have a disease
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622
Cropped from TEM photo of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia by Dr. Linda Stannard
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: multi-faceted, multiplying, and multi-drug resistant
Megan Nas, PhD Candidate 
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Legionella pneumphilla: an accidental human infection
Lubov Grigoryeva, PhD Candidate 
Northwestern University

Hosted by Hannah

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

posted Nov 30, 2018, 7:59 PM by Scott Burman   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 4:16 PM ]

Wonder & Skepticism:  Fireside Chat: Science Communication, whose job is it anyway?
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | 6pm | Free | Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, Chicago IL 60622

It’s the day after Christmas: 
avoid your family, swig some nog, don your best smoking jacket, and join scientists Lizzie and Scott for a discussion (and debate) about scientific communication and who should be doing it

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