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Birmingham SCI Cafe

Join other science geeks (and science novices) for an exciting presentation, lively discussion and a little science trivia at the Birmingham SCI Cafe, every third Tuesday at John’s City Diner in downtown Birmingham (112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N). All SCI Cafes are free to the public and no science background is required. The fun begins at 6 pm with science trivia, then continues with the guest speaker at 6:30 pm.

The Birmingham SCI Café is a joint project presented by McWane Science Center and the Civitan International Research Center at UAB. By combining our efforts, we are giving scientifically curious people the opportunity to interact with scientists, researchers and enthusiast from diverse fields. Together, we are bringing this unique learning experience to the Birmingham community!

Upcoming Birmingham SCI Café Presentations

January 15th, 2019: Game Theory
An Introduction to Game Theory and Its Applications”. The game is afoot, as Dr. Benton Tyler, professor of Mathematics at the University of Montevallo, introduces us to branch of math that can be used in everything from computer science to biology to social science.

February 19th, 2019: More Info Coming Soon

March 19th, 2019: Hummingbirds
All About Hummingbirds: Exploring their Life History, Migration, and Winter Vagrancy.” Just in time for spring migration, Emma Rhodes, Coastal Assistant Biologist for Birmingham Audubon, will share her expertise about the tiny, colorful birds with super-high heart rates.

April 30th: Animal Biomechanics and Robotics
(NOTE: special date! For 1 month, April, SCI Cafe moves from the third Tuesday of the month to the last Tuesday.) Dr. David Hu of the Georgia Institute of Technology brings us strange tales of engineering based on the way animals move. From water striders that walk on liquids to slithering snakes to swarming group behavior, prepare to be awed by how robots are being reverse engineered from nature. Dr. Hu will be signing copies of his book, “How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls: Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future”.

May 21st: Virtual Reality and Psychology
Can VR tools be used to help patients suffering from chronic pain? Find out as UAB Psychology Assistant Professor Zina Trost brings us a presentation called “Mostly pain but also blood: a psychologist’s adventures in virtual reality research

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