Carolina Science Cafe

EXPLORE science topics making national and international headlines.
MEET the experts behind the headlines.
KNOW more about your world!

Morehead's current science awareness program, Carolina Science Cafe, is a FREE monthly educational program for adults, offering a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge research. You don't need to register ... just show up!

Each Carolina Science Cafe features an expert presentation and informal discussion. Listen, share and learn! These unique programs are held at Top of the Hill restaurant's "Back Bar," offering a relaxed environment to explore fascinating science topics. (Beverages are available from Top of the Hill's menu, and free appetizers -- while they last -- are provided by Sigma Xi.)

Carolina Science Cafe is presented by the North Carolina Science Festival, which Morehead founded and administers. Ongoing program support for Carolina Science Cafe is provided by Top of the Hill and by Sigma Xi. Morehead thanks these contributors for supporting science education.

Coming to Carolina Science Cafe:

Dan Ariely
Oct. 1, 6 p.m.

Dan Ariely, popular TED speaker and author of three New York Times bestsellers on psychology and behavioral economics, has dedicated himself to answering questions surrounding human behavior: "Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? What are the forces that influence our behavior?"

As guest speaker for the October 2014 Carolina Science Cafe, he will speak to the psychology of money while taking questions from the audience.

Ariely is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, with appointments to the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the School of Medicine and the economics department at Duke. He is a founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, a team of researchers in social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, marketing, public policy and general judgment and decision-making. He is also the author of "Predictably Irrational," "The Upside of Irrationality" and "The Honest Truth about Dishonesty." He earned doctoral degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Jonathan Berg
Nov. 5, 6 p.m.

In the exciting field of genomic science, there may be a storm brewing. What can we discover by delving into the human genome? What information requires our action? How should we decide what kinds of genomic information to learn about children? Dr. Jonathan Berg takes us through the science and implications of next-generation sequencing and newborn genetic screening.

Dr. Berg is a physician who completed the M.D./Ph.D. program in neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill and residency in clinical genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also an assistant professor of genetics at UNC with a clinical appointment to Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is an investigator for NIH-funded projects investigating the use of genome-scale sequencing as a diagnotic test in patients with suspected genetic disorders and as a potential screening tool in healthy newborns.

David McNelis
Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

With more than 50 years of experience in environmental science and engineering for federal government, universities and industry, David McNelis specializes in the environment, energy -- conventional, alternative and nuclear energy systems and technologies -- and the nuclear fuel cycle, including partitioning, transmutation, repository capacity and nuclear non-proliferation.

McNelis is director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development in UNC's Institute for the Environment and president of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies LLC. He is a research professor of environemntal sciences and engineering at UNC and an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University.

He earned the doctoral degree in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and the master's of science in nuclear physics at the University of Alabama. He has served in research and research management positions with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy's prime contractor for the Nevada Test Site and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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