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 21st: Forensics Entomolgy

How can bugs fight crime? Find out when SCI Cafe kicks off the new year by exploring the role of invertebrates in the science of forensics, care of Meaghan Pimsler, Postdoc Researcher at the University of Alabama’s Department of Biological Sciences.

February 18th: Brain-Robot Interface

Dr. Chris S. Crawford, assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama, directs UA’s Human-Technology Interaction Lab, and in 2016, he developed a brain-drone racing system. He tell SCI Cafe how Brain-Computer Interfaces convert brain activity into output that is then used to replace, restore, enhance, supplement, or improve natural output of the central nervous system. Be there for “Brain-Robot Interaction & Applying Block-Based Programming to Neurofeedback Application Development”.

March 17th: e-cigarettes

The use of electronic cigarettes has risen sharply, and multiple cases of lung injury have been associated with their use. The effects of chronic exposure to e-cigarette-derived vapor remain poorly understood, however. Matthew Madison of UAB’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine sheds some light on how “Electronic Cigarettes Alter Lung Immunity and Lipid Homeostasis”.

April 21st: Sound & the Movies

Now hear this: Whether it’s the soundtrack or audio effects, sound is one of the most important parts of a movie. Just in time for McWane’s Guitar exhibit, Craig Brandwein, Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is here to fill in SCI Cafe on how it’s done.

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