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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

June 18th: Computer/Body Interface
Just in time for McWane’s new traveling exhibit, Bionic Me, come to SCI Cafe to hear Dr. Zach Irwin, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Neurology department at UAB, present “Bionic arms: Not Just for Luke Skywalker anymore”. Dr. Irwin has studied how to control prosthetic hands using brain and nerve signals and how deep brain stimulation works

July 16th: Space Exploration
It’s the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the historic arrival of people on the moon. Now, trace the scientific and technological steps from Apollo tot he robotic planetary landings with William C. Keel
Professor, Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama, as he presents ““Landings: Small Steps, Long Rolls, and the Occasional Bounce.”

August 20th: CBD and Epilepsy
Cannabidiol is associated with changes in brain activity in treatment-resistant epilepsy. What is CBD? Can it be helpful for patients with seizure disorders? Find out from Jane B. Allendorfer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurologyand Associate Director of Civitan International’s Neuroimaging Laboratory. Her research focuses on investigating brain and behavior effects using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques.

September 17th: Forensic Entomolgy
With the popularity of true crime shows and forensic crime dramas, chances are you have heard of using insects in legal matters and criminal investigations. Join us, and try to keep down your dinner, as Dr. Meaghan Pimsler of the University of Alabama dissects the science of forensic entomology and unearths real case studies.

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