From the frontier of the search for another earth to the grim history of a string of medical murders, the 2010 Science on Tap events uncovered the fascinating history and future of science and technology.
Ernie Schuyler, curator emeritus of botany, Academy of Natural Sciences, explored the origins and future of beer and brewing.
Lori Jahnke, S. Gordon Castigliano CLIR Fellow at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, presented “Imperialism and the Family Business: Population Structure and Political Change on the Central Coast of Peru” at the February 8 edition of Science on Tap.
Alexandra Krull Davatzes, assistant professor of geology, Temple University, discussed the effect of meteorite impacts on the evolution of the first life forms on Earth.
Gwen Ottinger, program researcher, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, CHF, talked about chemical monitors and their potential for evaluating and improving air quality in local communities.
Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and director of the Fels Planetarium, discussed the race to find another “Earth.”
Chemist and oceanographer David Velinsky teased out the details of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and discussed where the risks lie from oil in the oceans.
Lisa Rosner discussed her new book and other works on the seamy side of the history of medicine.
Beauvais Lyons, director of the Hokes Archive, combined visual art and performative dialogue at this one-of-a-kind presentation.
James Fleming examined solutions to aerial problems, including global warming, from a historical perspective. This tragicomic history is filled with scientists, soldiers, and salesmen, weaving together stories from elite science, cutting-edge technology, and popular culture.
Scott McRobert, professor of biology, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the Biodiversity Laboratory at St. Joseph’s University, which houses hundreds of rare, exotic, and highly endangered animal species.
David Hewitt, botany associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences, revealed everything you always wanted to know about fertilizer but didn’t know to ask.