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Each year, The Science Center hosts six Science Cafes free to the public. Three in the spring and three in the fall. Through our relationship with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, we have access to scientists and researchers from various fields of study.  Each month one such individual presents new findings in his or her area of expertise. From geology to archaeology, marketing to neuroscience, Science Cafes have something to offer everyone.

Science Cafes are held on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Come early for free coffee and conversation.  For more information, call or stop by the Science Center today!

March 22, 2018 at 7:00pm

Bethany Rader, Microbiology, SIUC: Squid and the Microbiome

An Unusual Model System to Study How Humans Interact with Their Microbial Partners

The most significant long-term relationship you will ever be in is with your microbiome, the collection of microbes that inhabit your body.  Just like human-human relationships, human-microbe relationships can be positive or negative, and can change over time.  They influence your health and happiness, and understanding how these relationships start and how they are maintained is incredibly important.  Rather than human-microbe relationships, my research laboratory is studying squid-microbe interactions!  We are teasing apart the molecular language the animal and microbe use to enter into beneficial and life-long partnerships.  We hope that our research will enhance our knowledge of the microbiome, and ultimately inform us in how to nurture this beneficial partnership.

Below are resources Dr. Rader suggests related to her topic:

“I Contain Multitudes” by Ed Yong

April 26, 2018

Roger Wiens, Los Alamos National Lab and the University of New Mexico

“Exploring Mars with Curiosity

Below are resources Dr. Wiens suggests related to his topic:

Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration from Genesis to the Mars Rover, by Roger Wiens

The Martian: A Novel, by Andy Weir

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, by Marc Kaufman

Admission:  free, everyone welcome.  Come early, have a    complimentary cup of Gloria Jean’s coffee.