Science on Tap’s topics in 2011 included the science of demonology, the history of yellow fever in Philadelphia, and stories from the periodic table.
Annie Brogan, college librarian of the Mütter Museum, talked about yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia.
Sam Kean, science writer and correspondent for Science magazine, discussed the fascinating tales of the invention, investigation, and discovery of the elements of the periodic table.
Christine Bartos, curator of ungulates and small mammals at the Philadelphia Zoo, talked about some of the physical adaptations of giraffes.
Solomon H. Katz, an expert on the anthropology of food, explored the development of the fermentation process since ancient times and looked at scientific knowledge of the process today.
Participants tested their knowledge of scientific trivia at this two-hour Quizzo spectacular! Robert Hicks, director of the Mütter Museum, served as emcee.
Alien invaders. Deadly river monsters. Fish infused with chemical toxins. Rich Horwitz, leader of the Academy of Natural Sciences Fisheries Section, took a look at what lives in our local streams.
Evi Numen gave a talk illustrated with selections from the Historical Medical Photography Collection of the Mütter Museum.
Thaddeus Phillips introduced a theater piece that explored worldwide communication systems, suboceanic fiber optics, and humpback whale songs.
With a spicy illustrated talk, biochemist Joseph Rucker shared his interest in the history and science of chile peppers.
Jonathan Seitz, a historian of science, magic, and religion, took us through the theoretical and practical sides of European demonology.
Jason C. Poole described the efforts of a multiorganization team that excavated a supermassive dinosaur fossil in Argentina.
Jacqui Bowman, Ph.D., director, Education and Public Initiatives; director, Karabots Junior Fellows Program, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, described the college’s youth programming initiatives.