University Launches New Monthly Science on Tap Series on Feb. 12

(Jan. 21, 2015) — Armstrong State University's College of Science and Technology will launch Science on Tap, a new monthly event that is free and open to the public, on Feb. 12 at Savannah Coffee Roasters, located at 215 W. Liberty St.

“Members of the community might find going to a lecture at a university a bit too formal, whereas going to a pub to hear someone talk is a lot more fun,” explains Dr. Jane Wong, interim dean for Armstrong's College of Science and Technology. “The purpose of this event is to share scientific knowledge about a topic in an entertaining and laid-back way.”

The inaugural Science on Tap event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. and will feature Dr. Richard Wallace, Armstrong professor of Chemistry, discussing “The Science of Thomas Edison.”

During the course of his life, Thomas Edison was granted more than 1,000 patents and while almost everyone thinks of Edison as an inventor, it was his ability to understand the chemistry behind his work that allowed him to succeed in so many of his endeavors. This presentation will focus on the chemistry associated with Edison's lifetime of work, including a discussion of one of his final research projects, the search for a domestic source of rubber that was actually a collaborative venture between Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. The restoration of one of Edison's research laboratories located in Fort Myers, Fla. will also be discussed.

The next event will take place on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. and will feature Dr. Susan Schneider, adjunct professor and visiting scholar of psychology at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Ca.

Schneider will present from her recent book, The Science of Consequences: How they Affect Genes, Change our Brain, and Impact our World. Ten years in the making, The Science of Consequences tells a tale ranging from genetics to neurotransmitters, from emotion to language, from parenting to politics — taking an inclusive interdisciplinary approach to show how something so deceptively simple can help make sense of so much.

PHOTO CREDIT: Image courtesy of Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.