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Science Café Columbia

Science Cafe Detective Series

The art and skill of detection and discovery is paramount to solving a riddle. Researchers and experts alike use science, and scientific methods, to unravel enigmas or decipher dilemmas.

Science Café Columbia brings you the Science Detective Series this spring to explain techniques and tools used to disentangle puzzles of Mystery, Intrigue, Murder and Mayhem. Science Café is a monthly series sponsored by the Bond Life Sciences Center. Its goal is to bring science and research into the community and is held at 6 p.m. Mondays in Broadway Brewery.

Spring 2018 Speakers

Mystery on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Jeff Nichols
Crime Scene Investigator/Forensic Artist 


Intrigue on Monday, March 12, 2018

Lisa Sattenspiel
Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology


Murder on Monday, April 9, 2018

Robert Hall
Emeritus Professor of Entomology


Mayhem on Monday, May 14, 2018

Chris Lorson
Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology 

When and Where

Monthly, Mondays at 6 p.m.
Broadway Brewery

For ADA accommodations, contact Karla Carter at 573-882-7957 or


A “science café” is an informal gathering where scientists share their research or expertise with the community in a dynamic, interactive format. There is no powerpoint, but there is plenty of conversation, Q&A, and sometimes show-and-tell.

Science Café Columbia is held at 6 pm on the second Monday of the month during MU’s fall and spring semesters at Broadway Brewery, 816 E Broadway in Columbia, Missouri.  Past topics have ranged from Neanderthals to autism, epidemics, volcanoes, Alzheimer’s, and whether Pluto should be a planet.

All are welcome—and encouraged—to attend.