Science Café Las Vegas
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, September 6
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Andres, UNLV School of Life Sciences
"Steroids and Salivary Glands: Why Tissues Respond Differently to Hormones"
Why do tissues within the body respond differently to the same exposure of a hormone such as a steroid? This question is fundamental to understanding the basic biology of how steroids control the development and function of tissues in animals. It also has important medical ramifications related to the prevention and intervention of diseases associated with inappropriate tissue-specific steroid responses such as breast cancer. We use the common fruit fly to investigate these questions because it is well documented that most of what we learn in flies at the cellular and molecular level can be directly applied to humans. Flies are inexpensive and easy to care for, and the scientist has an unprecedented genetic toolbox that allows him/her to easily identify, manipulate, and evaluate virtually any gene in any tissue at any time. Andres will talk about his work on the fly salivary gland, which is analogous to the human tissue. His team is studying this system in order to understand the basic function of exocrine tissues in response to steroid signals.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to dine and hang out.
Talk begins at 7 p.m.