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Science Café Columbia

Oh, the Place You’ll Go! when looking at the world through the lens of science. Our Spring 2019 series comes with a twist as each talk is framed on  a character type from a children’s book.

Talks start at 6 p.m. at Broadway Brewery as part of Bond LSC’s Building Bonds Initiative.

Spring 2019 Speakers

Monday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

Wes Warren
Professor of Genomics, Bond LSC Primary Investigator

How domesticated is the household cat?

Cats didn’t become friendly with humans until we had settled into an agricultural lifestyle and began growing and storing grain. Dr. Warren will discuss what DNA signatures our attempts to domesticate the cat left on their genome. The findings will allow you to draw your own conclusions as to whether cats are domesticated or not.


Monday, March 11, 6 p.m.

Rebecca A. Johnson
UM System Presidential Engagement Fellow
Professor & Director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction
MU College of Veterinary Medicine

How human-companion animal interaction improves well-being for humans and animals

Monday, April 8, 6 p.m.


Cheryl Rosenfeld
Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Bond LSC Primary Investigator 

Domesticated Foxes

May 13, 6 p.m.


Anand Chandrasekhar
Professor of Biological Sciences and Bond LSC Primary Investigator

Zebrafish in research

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.