A scientist walks into a bar, sits down with a former producer of 60 Minutes, orders a beer and talks to a live audience. No punch line here, this is “Science on Tap,” a new pilot project of Stony Brook’s Center for Communicating Science. The mission? To demystify scientific topics during a free evening of enticing conversation over a beer. The first “Science on Tap” is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University Café.
“Science on Tap” is hosted by Stony Brook School of Journalism professor Steven Reiner, formerly of 60 Minutes. He welcomes Chang Kee Jung as the first guest scientist.
Jung, a self-professed sports junkie, is an astro-particle physicist and eminent neutrino researcher with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Also an avid bungee jumper, skydiver and father of three, Jung will talk about his two passions at once, physics and sports. Covering everything from the physics of throwing Mariano Rivera’s split-finger fastball or the perfect spiral touchdown pass, to explaining whether Michael Jordan’s amazing hang time was myth or reality; the conversation is sure to entertain and elucidate. Live jazz will round out the evening, courtesy of the Department of Music and student musicians taught by Ray Anderson.
The event is free and open to the public, 21 years and older, with a cash bar. “Science on Tap” will be videotaped for web broadcast. To ensure your seat at the bar, email email@example.com or call Val at (631) 632-2133 for information/reservations.
Visit SBU Science on Tap on Facebook. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.