Science Café Las Vegas

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Science Café Las Vegas, supported by the UNLV College of Sciences, is an organization geared towards bringing fascinating science discussions to the public of Southern Nevada.

We invite scientists to give short (~10-15 minute) presentations to the public at our fantastic venue, McMullan's Irish Pub, and then have roundtable discussions about anything you could possibly wish to know. Science Café Las Vegas is on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m.

Come on down to the pub for lively science discussion, delicious brews, fantastic food, and a great time! Family friendly (under age 21 allowed).

Next Science Café: Wednesday, March 7

Speaker: Dr. Libby Hausrath, UNLV Department of Geoscience

"What causes pink snow?: Interactions of snow algae, minerals and microorganisms in low-nutrient snowy environments"

Organisms that grow in snow such as the snow algae Chlamydomonas nivalis are astonishingly successful in challenging high UV, low nutrient snow environments. Their distributions range from both poles to alpine environments on all continents where they can reach concentrations of over one million cells per ml. High concentrations of snow algae can also decrease snow albedo by up to one half, increasing local melt rates and potentially contributing to the global heat budget and water cycle. Observations of minerals and microorganisms attached to the cell walls of snow algae suggest that interactions between snow algae, minerals, and microorganisms may help meet nutritional needs in low-nutrient snow environments. Hausrath will discuss field and laboratory analyses in which she examines these interactions between snow algae, microorganisms, and minerals.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to dine and hang out.
Talk begins at 7 p.m.


McMullan's Irish Pub

4650 W. Tropicana Ave. #110
Las Vegas, NV 89103