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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

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

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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