Science Cafe in Minneapolis!

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Year ago two things were true. First, there were a lot of science or science and art cafes or related events, getting regular citizens and scientists, or some combination of scientists and artists, together for an evening. These sorts of events have become less common in the Twin Cities.

The second thing that was true is that my great friend Lynn Fellman, was always around in the Twin Cities and the two of us would do a lot of things together, along with others such as Mike Haubrich or Ira Flatow (I’m sure you’ve heard of Mike, he and I do a podcast together), in the science and art and science meets art area.

But the science and art cafes have gone away (partly because the mover and shaker in that area, Shanai Matteson, who ran most of the Cafe Scientique, is now doing different and even more amazing things, and Lynn moved out east.

But now Lynn is back, with a great project that you should to go! (I wisely got my tickets before telling you all!)

Science Cafe! A special event for the public
The Genome Writers Guild presents our second annual Science Cafe
Thursday, July 19th – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus

In the midst of our annual three-day scientific conference, the Genome Writers Guild reserves one evening for the public. We invite science communicators to explain and inspire curiosity about genome engineering and synthetic biology.

Scientists attending the conference will be in the audience with you. Together we’ll ask questions and get insights on the powerful new genome writing and editing tools. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and especially young people to this unique event for a lively conversation about building a better future for humanity through genome engineering.

Register for the Science Cafe
Adults: $15 per person Register here
Admission is free for humans 18 years old and younger. Register here
Registration includes two drink tickets. Please bring your I.D.

Science Cafe speakers
7:00 pm – Dr. David Odde: is a professor in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Department at the University of Minnesota. Read about the predictive models for cell behavior that his lab builds for more effective therapies.

7:15 pm – Lynn Fellman: is an artist who writes, illustrates and tells stories about the wonder and beauty in our genomes. See examples of her work at

7:30 pm Keynote – Dr. Ellen Jorgensen: is passionate about increasing science literacy of molecular and synthetic biology. She developed the community lab “Genspace” in Brooklyn, NY winning awards for outstanding informal science education for adults and young people. She also founded Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Check out her Ted Talk “What you need to know about CRISPR”.

Getting there: Directions and parking information
Venue: The McNamara Alumni Center is located in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus on 200 Oak St. South East, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Parking is available in an adjacent ramp connected by tunnel to the Alumni Center. The ramp entrance is on University Avenue.
Light Rail: Take the Green Line and get off at East Bank Station. The Alumni Center is a five minute walk from East Bank Station.

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