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Science Café Columbia

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Bond LSC Director Jack Schultz speaks to an audience at Broadway Brewery for Science Café Columbia. The event allows the community to listen and interact with scientists the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. during the regular academic year.

Current Schedule

February 13
Casey Holliday
Associate Professor, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences University of Missouri

Inside Dinosaurs: The Nuts and Bolts of Hard-Biting Skulls

March 13

Rebecca Johnson
Professor, School of Nursing Professor, Veterinary Medicine University of Missouri

Helpers for Life: Assistance dog heroes and the people they help

April 10
Donald Burke-Aguero
Professor, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology & Biochemistry University of Missouri

DNA in Space

May 8
Karthik Panchanathan
Assistant Professor, Anthropology University of Missouri

Are We Naughty or Nice? Lessons on Human Altruism from Behavioral Economics

When and Where

Monday’s at 6 p.m.
Broadway Brewery

For ADA accommodations, contact Mary Shenk, Director, Life Sciences and Society Program: 573-882-0562 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.  This fall we are re-launching with talks on the science of brewing beer, the 2017 solar eclipse, earthquakes in Missouri, and how Missouri saved wine for the world.

All are welcome—and encouraged—to attend.