Adventure Science Center invites you to join us for a series of informal discussions on current issues in science. Whether tackling how science can solve global problems or help us to understand how the universe works, these gatherings are NOT lectures. They are an opportunity for you to share your opinions, ideas and thoughts with other science lovers and to meet local scientists in a fun, casual setting. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat! All Science Café events are free and open to the public on most third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Adventure Science Center.
Join our Science Café Meetup Group! You’ll get notices about each month’s meeting topic and speaker(s).
Next Science Café:
Thursday, July 21 | 6:30 p.m.
Taking the ‘Eek!’ out of the Zika Virus
Speaker: Elliot Altman, Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Elliot Altman received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, California. After serving 10 years as the Director of the Center for Molecular Bioengineering at the University of Georgia, he moved to Middle Tennessee State University where he is currently the Director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research (TCBMR) and a Professor in the Department of Biology. The TCBMR specializes in developing new drugs or nutraceuticals from plants that have medicinal value and is particularly interested in the study of plants that have been historically used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Dr Altman’s laboratory has three primary research interests: developing metabolic engineering approaches to produce industrially important biochemicals, creating new or improved peptide drugs, and finding new uses for natural products. Dr. Altman has over 80 publications and 18 issued US patents. His laboratory has developed a peptide drug that in collaboration with his colleague, Dr. Neil Bodie, of Paradigm Immunotherapeutics in San Gabriel, California, for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, which can also be used to treat Zika virus infections.
Thursday, August 18
Saturday, September 17
No Café, instead enjoy the opportunity to meet with Makers at the Nashville Mini Maker Faire»
Thursday, October 20
Subject to change.