Science on Tap


Science on Tap is an opportunity for conversation, debate and interaction between scientists and the public while enjoying your favorite libation. Each month at the SpeakEZ Lounge, a knowledgeable expert hosts a discussion about a current scientific topic: cutting edge cancer detection techniques, climate change, Ebola virology, sex in the animal kingdom, Parkinson's disease, or brewing beer, to name just a few. This is a great chance to indulge your academic interests in a casual setting while enjoying great food and beverages.

Location: SpeakEZ lounge 600 Monroe Ave. NW 49503

Frequency: Second Thursday of every month at 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact: 

     Laura Stroik ([email protected])

     Kate Haley ([email protected])

Science on Tap

This September

Major Depressive Disorder: It's Not Just Serotonin

By: Elizabeth Flandreau, Psychology Dept., GVSU

Date: Thursday, September 14th

Time: 8 p.m.

Event Description: 



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Highlight from the February Science on tap

Darwin and Friends

Darwin and friends - celebrating Charles Darwin's 207th birthday with the amazing Adaptations & Evolutionary Eccentricities Science on Tap.

Previous Science on Tap Talks




Munching on Monkeys: The sustainability of Primate Hunting among indigenous Waiwai in Guyana

Dr. Chris Shaffer, GVSU Anthropology

October 9, 2014

Ebola and Our Global Village

Dr. Doug Graham, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

November 20, 2014

Climate Change: What's it all about?

Michael Gutowsky, GVSU Geology

December 16, 2014

The Paleolithic Diet: Then and Now

Dr. Debra Lown, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

January 29, 2015

Flirtation, Fertilization, and Frustration: a brief tour of animal sex

Dr. Cara Ocobock, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

February 12, 2015

Human Gait: Truth and Consequences

Dr. Lissa Tallman, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

March 12, 2015

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Dr. Suganthi Sridhar, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

April 9, 2015

Climate Change: Why it isn't a myth perpetuated by bad science

Dr. Kevin Strychar, Annis Water Resource Institute

May 14, 2015

Sex difference and sports interest: Myth and Reality

Dr. Robert Deaner, GVSU Psychology

June 11, 2015

Profile of a Poisoner

Dr. Brian Judge, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/MSU

July 9, 2015

Liquid Bread and the Bubbles in Your Head

David Ringler, Cedar Spring Brewing Company

August 13, 2015

Parkinson's Disease: current insights and needed breakthroughs

Dr. Caryl Sortwell, Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at the MSU College of Human Medicine

September 10, 2015

I see you. I own you. How novel medical imaging will revolutionize precision medicine

Dr. Anthony Chang, Van Andel Research Institute

October 8, 2015

The Right Climate for a Saner Diet

Robert Shapiro, the Humane Society of the United States

October 26, 2015

HIV and Tuberculosis: why the synergy? (Going viral...confessions of a closet microbiologist)

Dr. Julie Turner, Van Andel Research Institute

November 12, 2015

Intro to BIG History

Dr. Craig Benjamin, GVSU History

December 10, 2015

What have we learned from Martian Robots?

Dr. Doug Furton, GVSU Physics

January 14, 2016

Amazing Adaptations & Evolutionary Eccentricities 

Dr. Laura Stroik, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

February 12, 2016


Bart Sumner of Rapid Delivery Improv

March 10, 2016

Can we design spaces where people can actually think?

Richard Benoit, Steelcase

April 14, 2016

The snack that bites back! Carnivorous plants that keep cultures and waistlines intact

Rachel Schwallier, GVSU Biology

May 12, 2016

Meet is meat and a man must eat: investigating the African poaching crisis

Matthew Lindenburg

June 9, 2016

Tales of a medical examiner

Dr. Stephen Cole, Grand Rapids Medical Examiner

July 14, 2016

Restoring the Rapids

Tim Kelly, Planning Manager Downtown Rapids Inc.

August 11, 2016

Empathy: What is it Good for?

Dr. Heather Tafel

October 13, 2016

Making Sense of Senses

Dr. Dan Bergman

November 10, 2016

Plagues, Death, and Human History

Dr. Kathryn Haley

December 8, 2016

Misconceptions About Conception

Dr. Christopher Pearl, GVSU Biomedical Sciences

January 12, 2017

From Flush to Fresh: The Journey of Wastewater

Mike Lunn, Environmental Services Dept., City of Grand Rapids

February 9, 2017

The Science of Beer

Ryan Engemann

March 9, 2016

Can You Be Alive After You're Dead?: Ethical Controversies Around Death and Brain Death

Marleen Eijkholt, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, MSU

April 13, 2017

Moon-shine: Our Nearest Neighbor Seen In A New Light

Kevin Thaisen

May 11, 2017

Applied Behavior Analysis For A Modern Era

Sarah Campau, Behavior Specialist, Kent County

June 15, 2017

Why Would Russia Want To Interfere With Our Election Anyway?

Heather Tafel, Dept. of Political Science, GVSU

July 6, 2017

Cannibals and Crazy Cows: The Propagating Prion Protein

Guillermo Flores, Van Andel Institute, MSU College of Human Medicine

July 13, 2017

Coconut Oil, Gluten Free, Juice Cleanses...Oh My! 

Katie Boss, Emily Palczewski, Dietitians of West Michigan

August 10, 2017

The Intersection Between Art and Technology

Vinicius Lima, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Grand Valley State University

September 21, 2017

Medicinal Plants: Going, Going, Gone? A Case Study From Kenya

Kristin Hedges, Dept. of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University

October 12, 2017

Why Is Labor So Laborious?: Evolutionary Medicine and Human Birth

Lissa Tallman, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

November 9, 2017

Weasels in the Woods: American Marten Ecology in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Paul Keenlance, Biology Department, Grand Valley State University

December 14, 2017

Ask a Paleontologist

Laura Stroik, Biomedical Science Department, Grand Valley State University

January 11, 2018

Evolution of the human mind and brain

Mark Reimers, Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University

February 8, 2018

Decoding a Diagnosis

Nicole Marganti, University Counseling Services (GVSU), River City Psychological Services

March 8, 2018

Is Brown Fat the Secret to Weight Loss?

Ted Towse, Biomedical Sciences Department, Grand Valley State University

April 12, 2018

What Happens When Beliefs Change?

Michael Wolfe, Department of Psychology, Grand Valley State University

May 10, 2018

From Research To Public Policies

Martelle Esposito, President and CEO of Mothership

June 14, 2018

Does This City Make Me Look Fat? How Our Cities Can Make Us Healthy, Or Kill Us, And How Urban Planning Can Help

Landon Bartley, Senior Planner, City of Grand Rapids

July 12, 2018

Exploring The Ecology Of The Great Lakes

Mark Luttenton, Grand Valley State University, Annis Water Resources Institute

August 9, 2018

Touchy/Feely: Emotion-Centered Design

Joey Zeledon, Principal Designer, Steelcase

September 20, 2018

A Series of Tubes

Marc Bitterle, Network Engineer, Michigan State University


October 11, 2018

PFAS in West Michigan: Environmental and Health Concerns

Richard Rediske (Annis Water Resources Institute), Chris Pearl (Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, GVSU)

November 8, 2018

Courtship In The Fruit Fly: What’s Histamine Got To Do With It?

Martin Burg, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

December 13, 2018

Your Closest Friends: The Human Microbiome

Danielle Whittaker, BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University

January 10, 2019

Who’s Your Crawdaddy? A Better Understanding Of Pot, Pain, Prozac, Pesticides, And Puffing Pungent Pugilists Via The Crayfish


Dan Bergman, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

February 14, 2019

Vaccination: Your Duty To Humankind

Kristin Renkema, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

March 14, 2019

Just Taste the Biotransformation in this New England IPA! The Science of Making Great Beer


Eric Janson, Brewing Operations Manager, Odd Side Ales

April 11, 2019

Heart Disease: How Much Have We Learned From Animal Studies?

Ruijie Liu, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

May 9, 2019


Bugs And Drugs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Steve Triesenberg, MD, Mercy Health

June 13, 2019

Little Things, Big Impact: Understanding the Relationship Between Bacteria and Health

Janet Price, University of Michigan doctoral candidate

July 11, 2019

Going Native: A Case For Native Plants And Native Landscapes

Wesley Landon, Landscape Architect, Native Edge, LLC

August 8, 2019

Cretaceous Coastlines: How Fluctuating Sea-Levels Can Impact Coastal Dinosaur Communities

Cory Redman, Science Curator, Grand Rapids Public Museum

September 12, 2019

Michigan Made: Distilling With Long Road Distillers

Kyle Schutz and Jordon Muschiana, Long Road Distillers

October 10, 2019

Why Is The U.S. So Lousy At (Men’s) Soccer?

Rob Deaner, Dept. of Psychology, GVSU

November 14, 2019

Listening To The Cosmos: The Era Of Multimessenger Astronomy

Brett Bolen, Dept. of Physics, GVSU

December 12, 2019

Comparative Primate Birth Mechanics

Natalie Laudicina, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, GVSU

January 9, 2020

Science In 3D: Science Standards And Instructional Shifts

Christopher Start, NexTech High School, Grand Rapids

February 13, 2020

Why Lead In Pipes

John Bender, Dept. of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University

August 12, 2021

Ask An Anatomist

Lissa Tallman and Laura Stroik, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

September 9, 2021

Insulin At 100

Chris Pearl, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

October 14, 2021

The Chemistry Of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Jessie VandenPlas, Dept. of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University

November 11, 2021

Electricity and your brain

Barbara Swartz MD, PhD, University of Michigan Health-West

April 14, 2022

The Middle Eocene: The Rise of Modern Mammals

Laura Stroik, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

May 12, 2022

What Happens When You Donate Your Body To Science?

Alison Camero, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

June 9, 2022

Zombie Pathogens (Pathogen Host Manipulation)

Kathryn Haley, PhD, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

August 11, 2022

"Teaching" An Old Yeast New Tricks: Improving Beer Flavor And Quality Through Genetically Engineered Brewer's Yeast (Saccharomyces spp.)

Eric Janson, Head Brewer, Odd Side Ales

September 8, 2022

Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases: An Introduction To Neglected Tropical Diseases

Doug Graham, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

October 13, 2022

From Rollercoasters to Cancer Treatment:  How Math Is Essential To Solving Real-Life Problems

Lora Bailey, Dept. of Mathematics, Grand Valley State University

November 10, 2022

Search For The Last Eocene Hyperthermal Event: Recent Fieldwork And Research In The Uinta And Duchesne River Formations Of Utah

K.E. Beth Townsend, Dept. of Anatomy, Midwestern University

January 12, 2023

Booze And Botany: Adventures In Plant Biology And Eastern European Culture Through The Lens Of Alcohol

Steve Rybczynski, Dept. of Biology, Grand Valley State University

February 9, 2023

New Treatments For Alzheimer’s Disease

David Morgan, Dept. of Translational Neuroscience, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University

March 9, 2023

Art And The Resurrection Of Anatomy As A Science In The Renaissance – An Anatomist’s Perspective

Chris Reed, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University

April 13, 2023

Michigan's Oldest Fossils: How Yooper Pond Scum Shaped The World

Dylan Wilmeth, Dept. of Geology, Grand Valley State University

May 11, 2023

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