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Science by the Pint

Posted Thursday, 19 December 2013

A student effort brings science out of the lab and into your local

Professor of Genetics Gary Ruvkun was the featured speaker at a Science by the Pint evening at The Burren in Davis Square, Somerville.


Science by the Pint, a series of faculty talks held the second Monday of every month at The Burren in Davis Square, has announced its spring lineup.

The talks, hosted by the GSAS student organization Science in the News (SITN), offer a chance for non-scientists and the general public to connect with researchers in Boston and Cambridge and learn about new discoveries and promising areas of inquiry. These free events open with a short chat by a top-tier Harvard or MIT scientist. They allow plenty of time for audience members to interact one-on-one with the guest scientist and their lab members over dinner and a beer.

Science By the Pint, Spring 2014

January 13, 2014
Dr. David Haig
“The Huddlers Dilemma: The evolutionary biology of snuggling”

February 10, 2014
Dr. Mahzarin Banaji
“The hidden cognitive biases of good people”

March 10, 2014
Dr. Stephen Blacklow
“Structures and Signaling: How your cells work at the subatomic level”

April 14, 2014
Dr. Michael Brenner
“Using Math to Answer Scientific Questions: From bird beaks, droplet splashing to the science of cooking”

All talks are held at 7 p.m. at the Burren, 247 Elm St, Davis Square, Somerville.

Science in the News, the GSAS student group that sponsors these talks, is an organization of PhD students interested in exploring the science behind current headlines and health claims. The group runs a popular lecture series each fall and spring, and it publishes accessible articles on an impressive array of topics, including climate change, low-glycemic-index diets, performing enhancing drugs, and cutting-edge advances in limb prosthetics. SITN also works to bring science into local elementary and secondary schools, offering an educator’s guide and an outreach program to bring graduate students into local classrooms.

If you're interested in becoming part of the group, come to a recruitment meeting to enjoy some refreshments, meet fellow students, and learn more:

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Queen’s Head, under Memorial Hall


Sponsored by Harvard DMS, GSC of the GSAS, BGSO, and the Harvard COOP

Photo credit: Ben Gebo