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April 2020

Carolina Science Cafe: National Biomechanics Day and the Science of Skipping

April 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

WE’VE GONE VIRTUAL! We can’t meet in person right now for cafes, but we still want to connect you with scientists, researchers and guest speakers! Join us for the next Carolina Science Cafe on April 8 via Zoom. Carolina Science Cafe: National Biomechanics Day and the Science of Skipping will feature East Carolina University’s Leroy T. Walker Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, Dr. Paul DeVita. Dr. DeVita will share his insights into human locomotion, why he founded National Biomechanics Day, and what surprising benefits he’s…

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Virtual Teen Science Cafe

April 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

E-cigarettes and Vaping – Misconceptions, Health Effects, and Why I Care Our Teen Science Cafe has gone virtual! This week's topic is E-cigarettes and Vaping – Misconceptions, Health Effects, and Why I Care. The popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping devices has risen sharply over the past 10 years and the potential toxicology and health effects are just starting to be uncovered. Dr. Ilona Jaspers of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will address misconceptions about e-cigarettes, discuss e-cigarette components…

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Virtual Teen Science Cafe

April 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A Journey To & Through Med School Speaker: Steve Mow About Steve: Steve is an aspiring doctor studying at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. While working towards being a physician, Steve’s passion is teaching and has taught science both formally and informally for years for institutions committed to science education. Outside of school, Steve can be found running, strumming tunes on his ukulele, or playing some Nintendo. Join us Thursday at 5:00 p.m. as Steve chats about…

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Virtual Teen Science Cafe: Tackling Climate Change

April 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tackling Climate Change: Where are we now and how do we move forward? Join us for a conversation with Lauren McRae who will discuss climate change and the ways scientists are looking to combat it within the next decade. About Laren: Lauren is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research involves computationally and experimentally exploring materials that have applications in electric vehicle batteries. *Please Note: The…

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May 2020

Carolina Science Cafe: The Science of Connection & Living Well During Pandemic Times

May 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Insights from the UNC Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory How do positive emotions accumulate and compound to transform people’s lives for the better? What do experts think about the impacts of physical distancing on our well-being and the new normal? Join us online this Wednesday, May 6 at 6pm as Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and members of her lab discuss research into how positive emotions affect people’s thinking patterns, social behavior, health, and physiological reactions.  About Dr. Frederickson: Dr. Barbara Fredrickson is…

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Virtual Teen Science Cafe: Women in Engineering Leadership

May 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for this Virtual Teen Science Cafe edition with Engineering Manager, Kendra Settles. We'll talk about women in engineering leadership, and discuss how simple circuits play a role in our lives. Kendra will also show a fun and simple circuit activity that you can try at home! About Kendra: Kendra works as an Engineering Manager with Siemens in Wendell, North Carolina. Kendra received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management. In her role, she manages…

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June 2020

Carolina Science Cafe | CBD oil: a therapeutic cure-all?

June 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

CBD, an extract from the cannabis or marijuana plant, is gaining attention. Once known as a “hippie’s disappointment,” CBD has now been labeled as a therapeutic cure-all, but its popularity has outpaced the science. How much do we know? Join us for a fascinating discussion of research findings by a team at UNC who are one step closer to treating a rare brain disorder using CBD. Speaker: Bin Gu, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology & Physiology, The University of North…

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Teen Science Cafe: Blocks and Codes

June 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Jessica Amsbary, who will talk about STEM learning opportunity gaps and why starting STEM learning early is important. She will explain how STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE) are planning to teach foundational computational thinking concepts to very young children with differing abilities by sharing a working draft they are developing focused on a series of activities for young children with “blocks and codes.” About Jessica: Jessica Amsbary is a postdoctoral…

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September 2020

Teen Science Cafe | Breast Cancer Research

September 11, 2020 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Checo Rorie, Associate Professor of Genetics | North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University About Dr. Rorie: Dr. Rorie is an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Biology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  He has a Cancer Genetics and Cell Biology laboratory where he studies breast cancer health disparities. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of breast cancer health disparities. He uses cell line models to investigate the role that…

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November 2020

Teen Science Cafe: Using Plastics to Combat Climate Change

November 13, 2020 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for this Teen Science Cafe with Jeromy Rech; we will discuss creating new types of plastics including those that can conduct electricity and be used in solar panels. We will also have a virtual lab tour to see where some of this chemistry is done. Finally, we'll look at some applications of these plastics including flexible solar panels, foldable smart phones, solar powered greenhouses, and more! About the Speaker: Jeromy is currently a fifth-year chemistry graduate student in Wei…

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