Science Cafes are live -- and lively -- events taking place in across the globe, in casual settings such as pubs, coffeehouses (and even museums!); are open to everyone; and feature an engaging conversation with one or more scientists about a particular topic.
Conversation. Coffee. Chocolate. Join us for these evenings in the museum--free and open to all.
Spring 2015: Encounters with Environmentalists
Thursday, February 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
William Bartram in Florida
Professor Tony Abbott, Environmental Sciences, will lead a geographer's tour of Bartram's travels and collecting in Florida.
Thursday, March 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
What Does "Native" Mean Anyway? The Strange Tale of Water Lettuce in Florida
Professor Jason Evans, Environmental Sciences, explores the category of "native plant" through this case study.
Thursday, April 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Too Much of a Good Thing? Impacts of Seabirds and Their Predators on Island Ecosystems and Other Coastal Areas
Professor Wendy Anderson, Environmental Sciences, disscusses her research on coastal ecosystems.
Fall 2014: Sweet and Sustainable
Thursday, October 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Chemistry of Candy
Professor Paul Sibbald, Chemistry, explores the sweet science of candymaking, as part of the American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Week. The Orlando Section of ACS is a partner.
Thursday, November 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Green Volusia: The County's Sustainability Action Plan
Katrina Locke, Sustainability and Natrual Resource Director, Environmental Management Division of Volusia County, addresses this new initiative.
Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
What is Sustainability?
Associate Professor Tony Abbott, from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, will open the spring 2014 series of Science Cafes. In answering the title's question, "What is Sustainability?" he will discuss the origin of the term sustainability, its roots in scientific conservation, and current trends in resilience thinking for environmental challenges.
Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Mapping Our Relationship to the Sea
Maps influence how we see the world, and are generally thought to be reality in some form. Beginning with a Greek version of the world map, in which the ocean was a mere river surrounding land, and moving through the centuries to the Heezen-Tharp physiographic map of the ocean floor published in 1957, we can trace not only the evolution of our knowledge of the seas — and the world— but more importantly, see how these maps embed the cultural and political circumstances out of which they emerged.
During this event, we will explore how these maps contain and influence perceptions of our oceans and connect ways in which they influenced the evolution of our marine management structures, resource access, and maritime legal conventions today.
Presented by Barbara Bischoff, visiting professor from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Thursday, April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tour a Makerspace: A Visit to Stetson's Innovation House
Learn about where and how 3D printers, a vacuum-forming machine, some hand tools, and cast off robots are turning cool ideas into tangible objects.
Presented by Bill Ball, visiting associate professor, Department of Political Science.
Thursday, April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
How Do We Meet Global Demands for Water?
Presented by Harry Price, associate professor, Department of Chemistry.