From plant breeding to prescription drug abuse, Science on Tap in 2012 explored the interaction between society and science.
Antoinette Thwaites, a forensic chemist with the Philadelphia Police Department and president of the Association of Women in Forensic Science, discussed the effects of prescription drug abuse and the role forensic chemists play in identifying drugs found at crime scenes.
Susan Lindee, associate dean for the social sciences and professor in the department of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, raised questions about how science and war have both changed in the 20th century.
Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, Princeton University, discussed her discovery of quorum sensing, the cell-to-cell communication that allows bacteria to coordinate and synchronize, acting as a multicellular organism.
Mark Sabaj Pérez, ichthyology collection manager at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, shared tales of the Academy’s ichthyological adventures in northern Mongolia.
Teams squared off to answer tidbits of trivia, from the atomic weight of plutonium to dinosaurs to Benjamin Rush. Prizes were awarded to the top three teams.
Linda J. Lee considered how fairy tales addressed anxieties about infertility, pregnancy, sex selection, and anomalous births.
CHF fellow Helen Anne Curry presented “Do-It-Yourself Evolution: A Historian’s Guide to Amateur Plant Breeding.”
Jane E. Boyd’s talk “Flash! A Quick History of Photography in Motion” delivered a swift flight from photography’s early days to today’s digital techniques.
Amy Freestone, assistant professor of biology, Temple University, discussed her research on marine invasions and a new global initiative that she is leading to understand invasion dynamics across the Americas, Europe, and Australia.
Kathy Haas, assistant curator at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, explored the tension between science and superstition in this classic tale of terror.
Stephen Mason, entomologist, Academy of Natural Sciences, gave a talk about the effect of Mongolian livestock herding on insects.
Scicurious, science blogger and researcher, explored the history of antidepressants, our understanding of how they work, and their influence on current medical theory.