Science Café

Science Cafés bring scientists face-to-face with the general public in the comfortable, lively atmosphere of a neighborhood café or pub. The evening begins with a brief presentation by a scientist, which kicks off an extended discussion session between the scientist and audience. Previous cafés have covered climate science, evolution and religion, robotics, and health care, just to name a few. All Science Cafés are free to the public, open to all ages and no science background is required! Learn More

November Queen Anne Science Café

"What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorder?"
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - T.S. McHugh's

Our speaker is Raphael Bernier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW. Autism spectrum disorder is now considered the most common developmental disorder. But what causes this pattern of impairments in social communication and behavior that we call autism? Recent scientific advances have helped to identify many of the causes of autism, providing insight into the development of the social brain.

T.S. McHugh's is located at 21 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

November Eastside Science Café

"Autopsy Answers: Forensic Pathology in Washington?"
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 7 p.m. - Wilde Rover

When people die, it's up to a forensic pathologist to figure out why. What caused their death? How do we know? What can we learn from an autopsy? Join forensic pathologist Carl Wigren, M.D., to explore how death investigation works in Washington state, read the clues left behind to determine the cause and manner of death, and learn how forensic pathologists collect and preserve evidence in suspicious cases.

Wilde Rover is located in downtown Kirkland at 111 Central Way.

November Tacoma Science Café

"Tuning Out The Noise"
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - Swiss Restaurant & Pub

Join UW's Ross Maddox, Ph.D. to learn about the remarkable human hearing system, and what goes on between your ears when you focus on one sound and ignore the rest.

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub is located at 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.

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This program is currently made possible by support from Intellectual Ventures and Seattle Children's Hospital. This program is also made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health.

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