Saturday, November 17, 2007

These Scientific Minds Think (and Drink) Alike

Interesting -- science demonstrations and lectures as entertainment in bars. This is sort of the opposite of the "fermentation seminars" at Amgen or the Friday beer gatherings at Genentech -- both of these social gatherings for scientists are going away as biotech becomes more corporate. When scientists gather and share a round of beers, ideas are exchanged and experiments are considered and planned.

It's interesting that people will come to a NYC bar to listen to a science lecture -- I wonder if this same group would attend a lecture at the New York Academy of Sciences new headquarters at 7 World Trade Center? Maybe if the NYAS obtained a liquor license?
clipped from www.nytimes.com
CAFE PHYSICS Dave Maiullo stages experiments for a bar crowd.

Published: November 18, 2007

THE young men and women crowded into the basement of the Union Hall bar in Brooklyn looked as if they were used to spending time in dark steamy rooms. Dressed in plaid flannel shirts and corduroy coats, and carrying canvas bags, they could have come in search of the latest breakthrough band.

But on a recent Wednesday night, they were waiting to see a performance by Dave Maiullo, a support specialist for the Rutgers physics department, who stages demonstrations to illustrate scientific principles.

“I’m going to put on my glasses so I can pretend I know what he’s talking about,” said a woman in the second row.

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