Café Scientifique is an international movement of scientists and interested citizens who organize informal monthly discussion groups. Our goal is to provide a place for public discussion of interesting and controversial issues in contemporary science.
Refreshments begin at 5:30 pm and the talk starts at 6:00 pm. Traditionally the presenter will speak for 15 - 25 minutes, which is followed by a question and answer period that lasts until ~7:00 pm. We then break, however, the speaker usually stays around for individual discussion and questions with audience members that wish to talk further. In October, we will restrict attendance to fifty people. The Outlook will provide a limited food menu (meat and veggie options) for the event, and full drink service. We recommend that those wishing to order food plan on arriving by 5:30. Anyone that wants to partake of the full menu, can eat in the adjacent restaurant before or after Café Sci. To RSVP for this month's café click here. We usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month (check the website for exact dates as this sometimes varies).
The University of Colorado Chapter of Sigma Xi is organized by Dr. Christopher Lowry. For more information or to be added to our email list for monthly notifications of Café Sci events, please contact Dr. Christopher Lowry.
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There is also a Café Sci in Denver:
August 12, 2014, 6 PM
The Outlook Hotel Conference Room
Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
Humans co-evolved with environmental microorganisms in soil, mud, and water that, because they were abundant and harmless, induced immune tolerance. Since the advent of increased hygiene in urban civilizations, exposure to these microorganisms has been dramatically decreased. It has been proposed that the relative absence of these organisms, termed "Old Friends", has contributed to an epidemic of inflammatory disease, including allergy, asthma, type I diabetes, and, we have argued, anxiety and affective disorders. In this presentation, Dr. Lowry will discuss evidence from animal models that vaccination with Mycobacterium vaccae, one of the "Old Friends", would be a rational approach to prevention of anxiety and affective disorders.