Science Café Previous Talks

2020

August

Dr. Christina Demopoulos, UNLV School of Dental Medicine
"The Mouth is Part of the Body Too"

July

Dr. Duane Moser, Desert Research Institute
"Life at the Edge: from the Deep Biosphere to Deep Space"

June

Ted Hartwell, Desert Research Institute
“A Study of the Impact of Problem Gambling in Nevada Tribal Communities, and an Update on Impacts of COVID-19 to Tribal Gaming”

March

Dr. Brittany Kruger, Assistant Research Scientist, Desert Research Institute
“Astrobiology: What life underground can teach us about life on other planets”

February

Dr. Veronique Demers-Mathieu, Senior Research Scientist, Medolac Laboratories
"How do human milk antibodies help to protect the immature gut in preterm infants against infections?"

2019

December

Dr. Sean Neiswenter, UNLV School of Life Sciences
"RATS! A Tale of Conservation in a Human Modified Landscape"

November

Dr. Paul Schulte, UNLV School of Life Sciences
"How does water climb tall trees?"

October

Dr. Jef Jaeger, UNLV School of Life Sciences
"A Primer on the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus in Southern Nevada"

September

Dr. David Lee
"Run, Walk, or Crawl to the Pub: At What Cost?"

August

Dr. Boo Shan Tseng
"How Bacteria Build Strong Communities"

July

Dr. Allyson Hindle
"Southern Exposure: Science at the Bottom of the World"

June

Dr. Matthew Petrie
"Will we have forests in the future? An overview of declining tree regeneration in the western United States"

May

Dr. Mo Weng
"How Mechanical Force Sculptures an Embryo"

April

Dr. Ernesto Abel-Santos
"A New Strategy for the Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infections"

March

Dr. Alexis Billings
"It's not what you said, but how you said it": Animal communication across sensory systems"

February

Dr. Aude Picard
"Mining, Minerals and Microbes"

2018

December

Dr. Arpita Basu
"Gestational Diabetes: Increasing Prevalence but Decreasing Solutions"

November

Dr. Erica Marti
"Water Reuse: Providing Water that is Dependable and Drinkable"

October

Dr. Nora Caberoy
“Alzheimer’s Disease: The Race to Finding a Cure”

September

Dr. Ross Newman
"How Do Clinical Trials Really Work?"

August

Dr. Haroon Stephen
"How is Spatial Reasoning Supported by GIS?"

June

Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
“Why Are There so Many Tree Species?”

May

Dr. Jefferson Kinney
"Investigations of Alzheimer's disease pathology and potential therapeutics"

April

Dr. Allen Gibbs
"Survival of the Fattest: Evolving Flies to Study Obesity"

March

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

February

Michael R. Schwemm, Ph.D.
"Importance of perennial springs in the evolution and conservation of arid land fishes"

2017

December

Dr. Lawrence R. Walker
"Disasterology: The Science of Ecosystem Recovery"

November

Dr. Eduardo Robleto
"Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance: The Power of Evolution"

October

Dr. Ashkan Salamat
"Journey to the Center of the Earth"

September

Dr. Andrew Andres
"Steroids and Salivary Glands: Why Tissues Respond Differently to Hormones"

August

Dr. Matthew Lachniet
“A Climate Scientist in the Era of Alternative Reality”

July

Dr. Christy Strong
“Using molecular scissors to perform HIV genome surgery”

June

Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker
“Estimating Water Use from Satellite Observations”

May

Dr. Henry Sun
"Marble decay at the Forbidden City Mausoleum: Why the chemists may have got it wrong"

April

Dr. David Choate
"Cougars and their drinking problems? Living on the edge creates a predator-prey shell game in the northern Mojave Desert"

March

Dr. Daniel Thompson
"Why is the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly Only on Mount Charleston?"

February

Dr. Philippos Tsourkas
"Bacteriophages: My Parasite’s Parasite is my Ally"

2016

December

Dr. Stanley Hillyard
"The Devils Hole Pupfish: A Canary in the Coal Mine of Global Climate Change"

November

Dr. Steve Rowland
“Reconstructing Life Histories of Ice Age Elephants of Las Vegas Valley"

October

Dr. Brenda Buck
"Naturally Occurring Asbestos: An Emerging Health Hazard"

September

Dr. Brian Villmoare
"Hunting Fossil Humans in Deserts of East Africa"

August

Dr. Stan Smith
"Climate Change and the West"

July

Dr. Helen Wing
"Evolution of a Bacterial Pathogen: Hijacking, Silencing, and Toxic Effects"

June

Dr. Brian Hedlund
"Exploring Biodiversity in a Microbial World"

May

Dr. Jason Steffen
"Exoplanets"

April

Dr. Cheryl Radeloff
"Syphilis: The Science and Art of Diagnosis"

March

Dr. Arya Udry
"Martian Geology: New Discoveries From Rover, Orbiter, and Meteorite Data"

February

Dr. Frank van Breukelen
"Hibernation: Life Below Zero"

2015

December

Dr. Martin Schiller
"Personal Genome Sequencing, Human Genetic Variation, and Health"

November

Dr. Scott Abella
"The Causes of the Carpenter Fire"